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MRHP launch Midwifery-Led Clinic on International Day of the Midwife

Maternity Services at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise also release International Day of the Midwife video to encourage people to consider midwifery as a career

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A new Midwifery-Led Clinic within maternity services at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise was launched last week. The clinic was officially launched on International Day of the Midwife, 5th May, by Angela Dunne, Director of Midwifery for the HSE National Women and Infants Health Programme. Susan O’Callaghan, Advanced Midwife Practitioner Candidate is leading on the new initiative.

The new Midwifery-Led Clinic in the Maternity Department at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise aims to provide high-quality, safe care for all women, babies and their families that attend the service. Midwives provide up to date evidence based care and information for women, supporting them throughout pregnancy, preparing them for labour, birth and caring for themselves and their newborn baby in the first few weeks after delivery.

Maureen Revilles Director of Midwifery at the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise on the launch of the new midwifery-led clinic said, “Pregnancy labour and birth are considered a normal physiological life event. The majority of women who avail of our maternity service are healthy and well. Midwifery–led services offer the majority of women a woman-centred safe alternative to consultant led care, which is cost effective. We are delighted to offer this new service where our midwives can offer more time to women to monitor the progress of the pregnancy, discuss birth preferences and any fears or concerns the woman may have about pregnancy and birth.

Discussing midwifery as a career, Maureen continued: Midwifery is a unique and privileged profession, a midwife is present at the delivery of every baby, assisting a woman to birth her baby with the support of her partner in either the home or hospital setting. Midwifery as a career choice is a broad, diverse, challenging, exciting and dynamic profession. Midwives provide care from pre-conceptual care, infertility care, ultrasonography, diabetes, parent education, peri-natal mental health, ante-natal, intra-natal and postnatal care. The midwife has a key role in domino and community services with the integration of care in tandem with the National Maternity Strategy and Sláintecare programmes. The future of the profession is bright with opportunities for women and men to choose midwifery as great career pathway.”

On choosing midwifery as a career, Claire Fitzpatrick, Clinical Midwife Specialist in Lactation stated: “A midwife is central to preparing women and their families for the delivery of their new baby and is a vital presence during all stage of pregnancy, labour and the early postnatal period. As a career, midwifery is diverse and progressive, with options available in clinical, management, education and research roles. Throughout their training, midwives can gain experience and skills across different specialist areas.”

Angela Dunne, Director of Midwifery for the HSE National Women and Infants Health Programme explains why the career is a great choice for a student considering their options, or someone who might be seeking a career change: “While many midwives start their career as a nurse and then chose the path of midwifery, students today can choose to study midwifery through a direct pathway. Whatever pathway is taken, midwives can continue to learn and build their skills in what is truly a rewarding career. The HSE needs more midwives and there are a range of courses and job opportunities available in hospitals and communities across the country.”

Marking this year’s International Day of the Midwife, the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise also released a video encouraging people to consider midwifery as a career. Claire Fitzpatrick, Clinical Midwife Specialist in Lactation tells us why she chose midwifery as a career, what she loves about her role and how she has developed her career in Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Please view and share this video: 

Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise is currently hiring midwives.

More information: https://bit.ly/2SIpmnM

Email mrhpmidwiferyandnursingjobs@hse.ie to discuss the opportunities

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Photo captions:

1: L-R: Ita Kinsella, Assistant Director of Midwifery, MRHP; Michael Knowles General Manager, MRHP; Susan O’Callaghan, AMP (candidate) Angela Dunne, Director of Midwifery for the HSE National Women and Infants Health Programme; Emma Mullins CMM3, MRHP; Anne Kelly, CMM2, MRHP; and Maureen Revilles, Director of Midwifery, MRHP at the launch of the new Midwifery-Led Clinic within maternity services at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise on International Day of the Midwife, 5th May.

2&3: A new Midwifery-Led Clinic within maternity services at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise was launched last week. The clinic was officially launched on International Day of the Midwife, 5th May, by: Angela Dunne, Director of Midwifery for the HSE National Women and Infants Health Programme Maureen Revilles, Director of Midwifery; Susan O’Callaghan, Advanced Midwife Practitioner (candidate) leading on the new initiative; and in attendance were hospital management and staff of the maternity services department.

More information on courses and education opportunities see www.nmbi.ie/education