NSLHD News May 8

Paying tribute to our magnificent midwives

Some of the Midwifery and Women’s Health Team at Royal North Shore with CE Deb Willcox

Cake, keep cups and confectionery were just some of the ways our wonderful midwives across the District celebrated International Day of the Midwife on May 5. The day recognises the incredible contribution that midwives make to the lives of millions of women and their families around the world. At Royal North Shore, staff were treated to a stunning cake (below) which was baked and decorated by Laura Dangerfield, Divisional Nurse Manager of Women’s and Children’s Family Health.

distributing keep cups to staff as a small token of thanks for their hard work. “I would like to thank each and every midwife working in our district clinics, community and hospitals,” Deb said. “With more than 4200 babies delivered in our district hospitals each year our midwives have impacted the lives of literally thousands of women and their families every woman will remember that moment at one of the most important and special times in their life.” Jenny said despite current events, she hoped staff still took the time to acknowledge each other’s hard work. “Even though our celebrations will be different this year, I hope you are able to take some time to reflect on the value you as midwives have in women’s lives, especially during these uncertain and difficult times,” she said. “Your advocacy and adaptability in ensuring that women have continuing access to care is to be commended.” The year 2020 is the International Year of the Midwife and the Nurse, with celebrations continuing on May 12 across all hospitals and health centres as part of International Nurses Day.

Chief Executive Deb Willcox and Acting Director of Nursing and Midwifery for the District Jenny Neilsen were also on hand,



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