Midwives delivering support and education on International Midwives Day

Rene Sharp, Emma Ledbrook, Melissa Belfanti, Melissa Grabham, Susannah Robinson and Allison Ryan, with Joy Perry and four-week-old Matilda.

Rene Sharp, Emma Ledbrook, Melissa Belfanti, Melissa Grabham, Susannah Robinson and Allison Ryan, with Joy Perry and four-week-old Matilda.

Nurses from Bathurst Hospital celebrated International Midwives Day, which is held every year on May 5, at Stocklands.

While midwives help women deliver their babies, there is more to the midwife’s role than that according to Bathurst Hospital maternity unit manager Melissa Belfanti.

“We work alongside their journey – the pregnancy, birth and post natal. Post natal is six weeks after birth,” she said.

“We support, educate and empower women to be the leader in their choices of care. 

“Today is about promoting and acknowledging what midwives do.”

An average of 500 babies are born in Bathurst a year according to Ms Belfanti.

Almost 300,000 babies were born nation wide in 2016.

Ms Belfanti said Friday was a today of promoting a model care, in particularly the midwifery group Call Your Midwife. 

Call Your Midwife is expect to be up and running by the end of year and Melissa Grabham is the project officer for the development group. 

For more information on midwifery contact the Western NSW Local Health District on 6330 5210 or email melissa-grabham@health.nsw.gov.au. 

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