MAGIC TOUCH: Midwives Suzanne Pepper, Ross Newton, Tanya Ogden and Josephine Bell with expecting mother Kara Dixon.
MAGIC TOUCH: Midwives Suzanne Pepper, Ross Newton, Tanya Ogden and Josephine Bell with expecting mother Kara Dixon. Jayden Brown

Special day celebrates midwives’ contribution

AT SOME point in our lives they've helped us, from our birth to the births of our children, yet midwives are rarely fully appreciated for all their hard work.

The midwives of Warwick Hospital were celebrated in a special morning tea as part of International Day of the Midwife festivities yesterday.

Midwives shared their stories and their passions during the day, with some working for more than 20 years in the Hanlon Ward and giving birth to their own children in the hospital.

Warwick Hospital Maternity Acting Nurse Unit manager Ross Newton said the day was a great chance to show appreciation of the care midwives provided.

"The sub theme for this year's celebration is 'Midwives, changing the world one family at a time'," he said.

"This is designed to reinforce the message that the work midwives do all over the world helps to save the lives of mothers and babies every day."

For mother Kara Dixon, the midwives had been excellent as she awaited the impending birth of her third child.

"They all have a special gift of making a connection with patients and making us comfortable," she said.

"They have a caring nature and are one of a kind."

The midwives all agreed that the mothers and babies were one of the best features of their job.

Midwife Suzanne Pepper said midwives were often the quiet achievers in a hospital.

"The mothers are thankful - they always say thanks for all your help," she said.

"One good thing about working in a community like Warwick is the ladies still feel a connection years later."

Midwives across the Darling Downs Health region joined in International Day of the Midwife yesterday, an event that first began in 1991 and is observed in more than 50 countries.

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Board nursing representative Megan O'Shannessy said International Day of the Midwife was a great opportunity to show support for midwives.

"While we appreciate midwives every day, it's great to have a special day to shine the spotlight on how they care for mothers, babies and their families," she said.

Next Monday it's the nurses' time for recognition as part of International Nurses Day celebrations.



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