May 5th 2016
University Maternity Hospital Limerick is this week marking International Day of the Midwife 2016 with a number of events aimed at new and expectant mothers and at secondary students interested in pursuing midwifery as a career.
International Day of the Midwife is celebrated globally every May 5th to highlight the fact that, every year, millions of women and newborns around the world are cared for by skilled midwives. The international day is a chance to celebrate the successes of midwives and to 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 midwife.
The theme for International Day of the Midwife 2016 is “Women and Newborns: The Heart of Midwifery”. 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. And to ensure that there is enough qualified midwives to care for women and newborns, countries must continue to invest in education of midwives and growing the midwifery workforce.
UMHL celebrated International Day of the Midwife 2016 with a number of events this Tuesday, May 3rd. These included information stands for women attending the antenatal clinic; celebrations for staff in the canteen and information sessions promoting midwifery as a career for secondary school students interested in midwifery. Students from a number of Limerick and Clare schools attended, including Castletroy College; Coláiste Nano Nagle, Sexton Street; Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh; Laurel
Hill Coláiste; Laurel Hill Secondary School and Scariff Community College.
And this Thursday, May 5th, special certificates marking international Day of the Midwife 2016 will be given to all mothers whose babies are born on the day itself.
Directorate Midwife Nurse Manager, Maternal and Child Health Directorate, UL Hospitals, Margaret Quigley commented: “This is an important annual event for midwives to highlight their important role and celebrate the profession and to thank all midwives for all the hard work they do contributing to maternity care in the Mid-West”.
Colette Cowan, CEO, UL Hospitals Group, commented: “Midwives will be absolutely key to delivering the vision of woman-centred care detailed in the recently published National Maternity Strategy. The staff at UMHL were absolutely thrilled to welcome secondary students this week. Midwives are highly skilled professionals and are in demand all around the world but I would urge all our students to consider a career closer to home at what is an exciting time for maternity services locally and nationally.”
Last updated on: 05 / 05 / 2016