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International Day of the Midwife celebrated at Limerick Hospital

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The International Day of the Midwife is celebrated globally every year on the 5th May to highlight the fact that, every year, millions of women and newborns around the world are cared for by skilled midwives.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises midwives as the health professionals best able to provide safe, cost-effective maternity services to the majority of families.   Women in many countries lack access to skilled midwives, birth attendants or basic medical care.  International Day of the Midwife helps to raise awareness and funds to help mothers and newborns in developing countries and help to provide skilled midwifery care to women

It is a day to celebrate the successes of midwives and focus on the importance of midwifery. It is also a day to reiterate and call attention to the improvements still needed globally to ensure that all pregnant women have access to a qualified midwives and appropriate maternity services.

This year the theme is “Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life!”  To a midwife, nothing is more important than making sure that each woman and newborn has access to the best possible care before, during and after birth.

The importance of education of midwives and growing the midwifery workforce are essential components to ensure that there are enough qualified midwives to care for women and newborns.

At University Maternity Hospital Limerick, the International Day of the Midwife was celebrated with a variety of events.   Over 70 students from local secondary schools attended the unit and were given an overview of the role of the midwife and midwifery as a career. 

They came from  Castletroy College, Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh, Laurel Hill Colaiste and Secondary School, Nano Nagle Secondary School, Askeaton Secondary School and Doon Secondary School.  The students were treated to clinical skills workshops on caring for babies and infant feeding.    Current midwifery students spoke with the students to highlight what it is like to be a student midwife and attend the University of Limerick.    This is the 4th year doing this career fair and each year we get excellent feedback.

A certificate was provided to all babies whose mothers gave birth on 5/5/17 to mark the occasion and a celebratory service and breakfast was held for all staff. 

Margaret Quigley, Director of Midwifery, UL Hospitals Group, said: “Today is a very special day for all our midwives in University Maternity Hospital Limerick.  I wish to take the opportunity to acknowledge and thank all midwives and student midwives for their hard work and dedication to the provision of care to the women and babies of the Mid-West’.  We are privileged to have very experienced and highly educated staff at UMHL.”

 

Main Picture : Baby Amelia O'Callaghan, born on International Day of the Midwife, with parents Claire and Kevin O'Callaghan from Clonlara, County Clare

 

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Limerick secondary school students, UL midwifery students and UMHL staff celebrate International Day of the Midwife 2017