International Day of the Midwife

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TODAY we celebrate International Day of the Midwife (IDM), a day where global recognition and celebration is given to midwives.

Each year the International Confederations of Midwives comes up with a campaign theme to motivate its members and partners to raise awareness about the status of midwives and the essential care they provide to mothers and their newborns.

This year is also the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife – nurses and midwives touch all our lives at some point it’s great to be able to showcase and celebrate the professions throughout the year.

Today, however, is about our wonderful midwifery teams.

Diane Sarkar, Chief Nursing Officer for Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust said:

“It’s vital that we recognise the care and dedication of our midwives and other maternity staff across our hospitals, not only during the current crisis but all year round.

“As we celebrate a very different, virtual International Day of the Midwife, it’s important that they feel appreciated and understand that they are valued while working exceptionally hard.”

The Mid and South Essex Foundation Hospital has delivered many lockdown babies during this time and received heart-warming thanks from families.

One mum said: “I wanted to show my appreciation as the midwives that delivered my baby were both outstanding, professional, sensitive and A* individuals.

“The care and encouragement they gave me made the world of difference, especially in these uncertain times. It’s people like these that make the NHS special and I will never forget them.”

Another who praised the maternity unit said: “We have had a brilliant service from this amazing team during this pandemic; we’ve received so much love and care!

“We’re really proud of you – you are brilliant! No word is enough for their professional and kind approach.”

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