Your chance to thank a midwife!

On International Day of the Midwife on 5 May we’re reminded to acknowledge the amazing work of this very special group of Mater People.

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) leads the annual midwives’ celebration this year under the theme of ‘Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives’.  This focuses on the need to advocate for investment in quality midwifery care around the world.

In the soon-to-be-launched State of the World’s Midwifery Report, an evidence-based analysis shows investment in quality midwives globally is fundamental to improving quality maternal and newborn care, and preventing maternal and newborn deaths.

Mater CEO Dr Peter Steer said the COVID-19 pandemic had presented new challenges and focused the public’s attention on the critical role midwives play in our community more than ever.

“Mater is renowned for the care and compassion we give to mothers and babies. I’m incredibly proud that one in every five Queensland women choose to give birth with us,” Dr Steer said.

“They choose Mater because they trust us with the most precious gift they will ever receive. That trust has been earned by the love, knowledge and strength that Mater’s midwives demonstrate day after day, year after year.”

“I never ceased to be amazed that here at Mater we deliver more than 11 000 babies every year. It’s an astonishing achievement and it is only possible because of the work and commitment of our midwives,” Executive Director Mater Health, Daniele Doyle said.

“As a former midwife myself, I know that midwifery goes beyond the delivery of babies.  Midwifery encompasses the physical, psychological, social and spiritual wellbeing of the women we are entrusted to care for.

“Midwifery is a demanding job – and it’s been tougher than ever before in the past 12 months. But our midwives have always been there when our mums and their babies have needed them.

“I thank each and every midwife for the compassion and commitment to exceptional care that you show our mums, dads and their beautiful babies,” Daniele said.

Please take a moment to join Daniele and Peter in showing your gratitude too and Thank a Midwife today.  Your comments will appear on the Thank a Midwife feed on the Mater Health website (subject to editorial approval).