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Friday 5 May was International Day of the Midwife and the Southern Health and Social Care Trust’s maternity team marked it with an information event in Daisy Hill Hospital's maternity department.

Organised by the Royal College of Midwives, International Day of the Midwife is celebrated across the globe since it was launched 14 years ago.

 Midwifery staff at both hospitals invited patients, visitors and staff into the departments to learn about developments in maternity care and celebrate their work.

The maternity team at Daisy Hill Hospital celebrating International Day of the Midwife with mum to be Lee Loughran and Mary Caddell from the Royal College of Midwives.
The maternity team at Daisy Hill Hospital celebrating International Day of the Midwife with mum to be Lee Loughran and Mary Caddell from the Royal College of Midwives.

Last year there were 5, 908 births in the Southern Trust, 4,145 in Craigavon Area and 1,763 in Daisy Hill Hospital.

Head of Midwifery and Gynaecology Services for the Southern Trust Patricia McStay said “It is an absolute privilege to be a midwife, sharing such an important time in the lives of women and indeed their whole family in bringing a new baby into the world.

Celebrating International Day of the Midwife at Daisy Hill Hospital are Midwives Claire Myers and Shauna Hughes with Mary Cadell, Royal College of Midwives.
Celebrating International Day of the Midwife at Daisy Hill Hospital are Midwives Claire Myers and Shauna Hughes with Mary Cadell, Royal College of Midwives.

 “We have a fantastic midwifery team across both hospital and community services, delivering high quality care with compassion to mothers and babies from the antenatal period, during delivery, right through the postnatal weeks.

“It is important to pay tribute to this group of staff and celebrate best practice throughout the profession.”

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