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A mother of an opportunity to celebrate ‘Day of the Midwife’

Published:18 April 2017

Photo courtesy Peter Durand under Flickr Creative Commons.

Capricorn region residents are urged to step out to celebrate the International Day of the Midwife on the morning of Friday, 5 May.

Pregnant women, mothers, midwives and all others are encouraged to walk from Yeppoon’s Keppel Kraken, through the township and back to Lure Café.

The walk starts at 6.30 am and culminates with a café breakfast overlooking Keppel Bay.

CQUniversity Midwifery Lecturer Meredith Lovegrove says this free event is an opportunity for every member of the family to celebrate midwives.

“The World Health Organisation applauds the calling of midwifery as ‘an essential pillar of the maternal and newborn healthcare workforce’,” Ms Lovegrove says.

“Researchers have found that women who receive care from a ‘known midwife’ often have a more rewarding and positive experience of childbirth.”

Ms Lovegrove says that midwives are familiar with the pitter-patter of little feet “and now everyone in Rockhampton and Yeppoon has the opportunity to stamp their feet to the beat of a midwife’s heart”.

“Meet the midwives at the Keppel Kraken on Friday 5 May at 06:30 am and walk with them, wearing festive colours and celebrating life.”

Register Online before 1 May or contact co-organisers Bridget Ferguson or Meredith Lovegrove (b.ferguson@cqu.edu.au or m.lovegrove@cqu.edu.au)  for more information.

On 5 May each year, the International Confederation of Midwives asks the world to focus on the role of midwives and midwifery.

The theme for IDM 2017 is 'Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life!'. Midwives everywhere understand that by working in partnership with women and their families they can support them to make better decisions about what they need to have a safe and fulfilling birth.