QUEENSLAND and the world will today celebrate the invaluable contributions of midwives everywhere.
Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU) Assistant Secretary and midwife Sandra Eales said today marked International Day of the Midwife and International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
Ms Eales said the World Health Organization (WHO) had designated 2020 as a year-long celebration of nurses and midwives.
“However, COVID-19 has made it near impossible to celebrate this important milestone and numerous QNMU events and celebrations world-wide have obviously been put on hold,’’ Ms Eales said.
“We know Queensland midwives are celebrating International Year of the Nurse and Midwife by getting on and doing the job they love.
“Midwives are passionate about what they do, protecting women and their families. Today we ask Queenslanders to please take the time to recognise the valuable contributions midwives make.
“We ask they remember the extraordinary contributions midwives have made to their family, friends and community and to please let midwives know they are valued.”
The QNMU is calling on Queenslanders to visit www.qnmu.org.au/thankyou and write a message of thanks or support. Those looking to thank a midwife can also print the QMNU’s message template available at that link, hand write a message and then upload a picture or video of themselves to Facebook using #frontlineheroes and tagging @qnmuofficial.
“During these uncommon times, these messages on our website or on social media will bring joy to our members and let them know how much the wider community appreciates their dedication,’’ Ms Eales said.
“Queensland’s midwives have worked through considerable challenges to protect the rights and safety of mothers and babies during COVID-19.
“Midwives have remained firmly on the frontline of care during Coronavirus and have adapted swiftly to provide the best available birth and care for Queensland mothers and babies.
“Today we thank and applaud midwives everywhere for the important contributions they make in communities throughout Australia and the world.’’