5 May 2017

Sheffield’s Jessop Wing celebrates International Day of the Midwife

Midwives at Jessop Wing Maternity Hospital marked International Day of the Midwife with a celebration of their work to provide women in Sheffield with the best possible care through pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period.

May 5th is an internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives, and the theme for this year is ‘Midwives, Mothers and Families’.

Every year, Midwives at the Jessop Wing deliver 7200 babies alongside the Jessop Wing Community Midwifery Service attending to approximately 200 homebirths per year.

Marie Reid, Deputy Head of Midwifery at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “International Day of the Midwife is an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate our midwives at the Jessop Wing, and the fantastic care they provide for women and babies in Sheffield. This year we are highlighting the varying roles of our midwives and the many services available throughout all stages of pregnancy, childbirth and the post natal period.”

The celebrations included a special visit from Birte Harlev-Lam, Clinical Director for Maternity and Children at NHS Improvement, Alison Atkinson, Midwifery Advisor at NHS Improvement, Neil Tomlin, Regional Maternity Lead in the North at NHS England and Suzanne Tyler, Director of Services at the Royal College of Midwives, who came along to take a tour of the hospital and meet the midwives on duty.

There was also a display of entries to the Royal College of Midwives ‘Great Midwifery Cake-Off’ and a marketplace of informative stalls including the infant feeding team, midwifery clinical educators, Sheffield Hospitals Charity and the Maternity Service Liaison Committee.

Sheffield Hospitals Charity, who support the work of the Jessop Wing, also celebrated the day by providing keepsake ‘International Day of the Midwife’ baby grows for all babies born on the day.

Yolanda Gil, a Sheffield mum who had given birth to baby boy, Lucas, on the day said: “I was really happy to be able to have my baby in the birthing pool as I had hoped. My midwife was lovely and even though her shift had finished during my labour, she waited with me until my son was born.”

Media contact:
Emma Kirby, Communications Assistant
Tel: 0114 2713453
Email: Emma.Kirby@sth.nhs.uk


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