Midwives around the world work in partnership with women and their families to support them to make better decisions about what they need to have a safe and fulfilling birth.
This year’s theme for International Day of the Midwife (May 5) is ‘Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life!".
In the Coffs Harbour area there are approximately 1100 babies born each year.
At Coffs Harbour Health Campus, midwives and midwifery students from Southern Cross University work together to support and care for women and their families through pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting.
Mid North Coast Local Health District Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Frances Guy said she feels honoured to be a midwife and share what is a very special time for families as they welcome in a new life.
“International Day of the Midwife (May 5) provides an occasion for midwifes to celebrate this work with families and friends and the wider community,” Ms Guy said.
To celebrate Coffs Harbour Health Campus, together with Southern Cross University, is hosting a morning tea in the hospital’s main courtyard on Friday.
Parents, babies, pregnant women and anyone else with an interest in midwifery are invited to attend the community morning tea from 10am to noon.
There will be plenty of food, tea, coffee, cold drinks and even some novelty activities such as belly dancing and a birth ball demonstration.
Senior lecturer in midwifery at Southern Cross University, Dr Elaine Jefford, welcomed the opportunity to acknowledge the important work of all midwives and midwifery students.
“A highlight of the morning will be the opportunity to acknowledge our wonderful midwives and next generation of midwives from Southern Cross University with the presentation of the 2017 Coffs Harbour Health Campus Midwife of the Year and Southern Cross University Student Midwife of the Year,” Dr Jefford said.
There will also be an afternoon tea held in the Botanical Gardens from 2pm.