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International Day of the Midwife

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International Day of the Midwife

​Today we are celebrating International Day of the Midwife at Western Health.

Fundamental to improving quality maternal and newborn care, midwives play a crucial role in supporting and caring for women through pregnancy, labour and birth as well as helping new parents with feeding and caring for their newborn babies.

One of our amazing midwives Judith Robinson has been a Registered Undergraduate Student of Midwifery (RUSOM) for close to 6 months and is absolutely loving the role.

“I’ve always viewed Western Health as a centre of excellence when it comes to women’s care, so to be able to be a member of the staff is incredibly rewarding” Judith said.

“Guided by the registered midwives, RUSOMs are able to spend time with women and their babies during crucial moments in the early post-natal period, such as the baby’s first bath and helping women with breastfeeding challenges.”

To Judith “working in the field of midwifery involves being with women and their families during a profound life changing event. I love that my role allows me to provide a space for women to find their way as a new mother. Motherhood is defined differently for everyone, and it is our role as midwives and RUSOMs to support women as they explore this new chapter of their lives.”

Shane Crowe, our Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery also acknowledged the incredible work our midwives do at Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s in Sunshine.

“Our midwives have been absolutely brilliant through the challenging year that was 2020 and the unprecedented birthing demand that we are experiencing in 2021. A big thank you to all our midwives for their work supporting women, their babies and families at this important time.”