05 May 2019
Today is International Day of the Midwife and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has thanked the midwives of Australia for their vital work with women, families and communities.
The International Day of the Midwife is held on 5 May each year and this year’s theme is ‘Midwives: Defenders of women’s rights.’
Chair of the NMBA, Associate Professor Lynette Cusack, thanked midwives for their contribution to safe care for women.
‘Midwives play such an important role not just in providing care for women and their families but also care that is woman-centred and culturally safe,’ Associate Professor Cusack said.
‘Midwives in Australia can be so proud of the evidence-based standards of their profession and of their contribution to safe, women-centered care which is such an important role for our families and communities.’
Associate Professor Cusack asked midwives to remember to take care of their own health, too.
‘The NMBA funds an independent health support service, Nurse & Midwife Support, which gives midwives a confidential place to have a chat and find the right referral for their health issues. It helps midwives to find support to care for themselves, so they can continue caring for women.’
Nurse & Midwife Support is an independent service which can be reached 24 hours a day on 1800 667 877.