Today, 5 May 2022, is the International Day of the Midwife. To mark the day, we celebrate the vital work undertaken by midwives across the country, and extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for their efforts.
Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly acknowledged “the compassion, commitment and professionalism shown by midwives across the country”, and spoke about this year’s theme, ‘100 years of progress’:
"This year’s theme, '100 years of progress' emphasises how important it is that we invest in quality midwifery to improve maternal and child health care and to achieve the best possible outcomes for mothers and babies.”
Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health, Rachel Kenna also extended her sincere thanks and appreciation today:
“As midwives celebrate today, we acknowledge the contribution they make to women’s sexual, reproductive, mental and maternal health and in new-born and child health. New midwifery-led care pathways are delivering real choice, and midwives now lead pregnancy care for 24% of women in Ireland, care that is woman-centred, safe and delivered with dignity and respect. The difference midwives make to the women, children and families of Ireland is reflected in the huge appreciation we all have for midwives and their profession.”
Today, the HSE National Women and Infants Health Programme and the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services presented a National Midwifery Conference in Dublin. The conference brought together experts on midwifery to reflect on the theme ‘Coming Together to Celebrate & Showcase’, as they demonstrated the remarkable work they do every day.
Mary Brosnan, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the National Maternity Hospital, has been working in midwifery for 36 years. Speaking at the conference, she described how meaningful and fulfilling this career has been:
“Every day is a different day. You can never anticipate how it will go. You really meet the most amazing people... Whether you are working with a couple having their first baby, or a 16 year old teenager with her mum, or someone who has gone through several rounds of IVF, to someone who may have lost their baby, or expectant women who have arrived seeking asylum in Ireland who may have been through very traumatic circumstances and need specialised support. Every day is different, you are always adapting your approach. But what stays the same is the profound impact you can have on a family’s life by trying to make it as positive an experience as possible for everyone.”
As well as acknowledging and celebrating the work of midwives, International Day of the Midwife 2022 is also a day to encourage people to consider midwifery as a future career.
Angela Dunne explained why the career is a great choice for a student considering their options, or someone who might be seeking a career change:
“It’s a varied role, with so many different options and pathways to pursue with different experiences and challenges each day. Whatever direction is taken, midwives can continue to learn and build their skills in what is truly a rewarding and joyous career. Our health system needs more midwives and there are many job opportunities available in hospitals and communities across the country.”
Watch these videos to learn more about the role of midwives in hospitals and communities all across Ireland:
- Karen Harmon, Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda
- Joann Malik, University Hospital Kerry
- Hazel O Leary, University Hospital Kerry
- Orla Mongan, Wexford General Hospital
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