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Trust to Celebrate International Day of the Midwife

Newsdate: 4 May 2016

WWL celebrates the International Day of the Midwife on Thursday 5 May, with a number of events taking place across the Trust.

International Day of the Midwife is celebrated around the world and offers all of us the chance to say thank you to all hard-working midwives, who supply an invaluable service.

As part of the celebrations the annual awarding of WWL’s Midwife of the Year and Midwife Support Worker of the Year awards. These honours seek to recognise exceptional midwives who display the dedication, compassion and goes beyond the call of duty in caring for their patients. The awards are voted for by members of staff here at WWL and the winners receive a fabulous bouquet of flowers and a certificate. 

Coinciding with this the trust are hosting a study day organised by our Infant Feeding Co-ordinator, Kathryn Ashton who is also the learning representative for the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). The day will focus on breastfeeding and will be held in the Wrightington Conference centre, running from 9am to 3.45pm.

Also at the event, WWL are delighted that the RCM President, Professor Lesley Page, will be giving a speech on the Review of Maternity Services and how this supports recommendations for improved personalised care for women and families. We are truly honoured that Professor Page is generously giving us her time and  helping us to present our two awards, along with WWL Head of Midwifery, Children’s & Patient Services, Diane Swindlehurst.

At the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, a display will be showcasing the successes our Maternity Service has enjoyed this year. These will include how our Maternity Ward won a national Friends and Family Test Champion Award and our Public Health Midwives being shortlisted for an HSJ Value in Healthcare Award.  

Also on display will be information about the extraordinary volunteer work carried out abroad by some of our midwives, student midwives and RCM secretary, Alison Murray. There will be a cake sale during the morning in support of the service for staff and visitors to enjoy.

Those manning the stalls will also be chatting about our redeveloped mandatory training for staff and our outcomes for Maternity Services at WWL that regularly meet or exceed the national-set targets.

Diane Swindlehurst, Head of Midwifery, Children’s & Patient Services, is thrilled at the chance to honour our midwives. She said, “Our midwives work tremendously hard, around the clock, all year round, to provide top-class, compassionate care to families. The International Day of the Midwife is a great opportunity for us to say thank you, not just to them, but to midwives all around the world. It is only fitting that we pay tribute to our midwives and also reward exceptional midwives and midwife support workers equally.”