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International Day of the Midwife 2021

05 May 2021

 

Across the world, 5 May is celebrated as International Day of the Midwife. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the vital role of midwives who help women and families in our region navigate the transition to parenthood.

Our midwives work across the Nepean Blue Mountains region in maternity units, antenatal clinics, birth units, postnatal and neonatal units, community-based health services, and childbirth and parent education classes – and with up to 100 babies born at our hospitals every week, they’re a busy bunch!

Phoebe Banks, Midwife at Nepean Hospital has always known she wanted to be a midwife.

“It’s something I wanted to do since high school. I did my bachelor of nursing first then I studied to become a midwife,” says Phoebe.

“I love that every day is different and every day we get to empower women to become mums. A favourite moment was one mum who had been trying IVF for seven years and I helped her welcome twins into her family’s life,” she added.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Director of Nursing & Midwifery, Julie Williams, believes the role of midwives is a great responsibility and immensely rewarding.

“Our midwives empower women every day. They’re true advocates for patients, which is particularly important as more and more women are active participants in their health care and birth choices,” says Julie.

“They are with women during one of the most intimate and special moments of their life, and they do it with such professionalism and compassion,” added Julie.

Thank you to every midwife working across NBMLHD for your ongoing commitment to high quality midwifery care and the dedication, skill and compassionate care you provide to women and their families every, single day.

Interested in a career in midwifery? Find out how you can become a midwife here.