International Day of Midwife

​Midwivesacross NSW are being recognised today for their dedication and valuablecontribution, as part of International Day of the Midwife.

NSW Chief Nursing and Midwifery OfficerJacqui Cross said midwives across the state provide high quality care duringone of the most important times in a family’s life.

“This is a really special day for midwives all around the state to stopand think about the huge contribution they make to women, babies and theirfamilies,” Ms Cross said.

“Midwives arein a really unique position. They get to share some really joyous times withwomen and families and they can make a real difference to the experience ofpregnancy, birth and early parenting.

“To all the midwives in NSW, I’d like to personally thank you for all yourhard work and your dedication.”

Skye Parsons is an Aboriginal Liaison Midwife at Royal Prince AlfredHospital in Camperdown.

“I work with Aboriginal women and their families, ensuring they receiveculturally- appropriate care,” Ms Parsons said.

“Midwifery isa very rewarding career. It’s such a privilege to be there at the beginning ofnew life as women become mothers, and a real opportunity for the best start tolife for our babies.”

Since June 2015, the midwifery workforce in NSW has increased by 12 percent, growing at a higher rate than the number of births in NSW.

The NSW Government has committed to the largestAustralian healthcare workforce boost with an extra 5000 nurses and midwivesacross regional and metropolitan areas over four years, as part of a $2.8billion investment in frontline staff.

To helpcelebrate the work of our midwives, nominations are now open for the Excellencein Nursing and Midwifery Awards and can be made here, they close on Friday 28 June2019.

NSW Health’s International Day of the Midwife video message can bedownloaded here.

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