Celebrating the role of midwives

Published in the May 2017 issue

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The role of midwives was celebrated around the world earlier this month, with Southern Cross University joining the party in Coffs Harbour and at the Gold Coast.

Mikkel Culph with her three-week old baby girl Jovie Craig (born at CHHC) and third-year SCU midwifery student Nicole Stevenson

International Day of the Midwife (IDM) was celebrated on May 5, with this year’s theme ‘Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life!’.

To celebrate the day Coffs Harbour Health Campus, together with Southern Cross University, hosted a morning tea in the hospital’s main courtyard, where local families met the midwives who helped them through their pregnancies and births, followed by an afternoon tea at the Botanical Gardens.

Dr Elaine Jefford, senior lecturer in midwifery at Southern Cross University, said the day was an opportunity to acknowledge the important work of all midwives and midwifery students.

SCU Coffs Harbour Student Midwife of the Year Grace Crawley and SCU’s Professor Iain Graham

“A highlight was being able to acknowledge our wonderful midwives and next generation of midwives from Southern Cross University with the presentation of the 2017 Southern Cross University’s Student Midwife of the Year for Coffs Harbour, which was awarded to outstanding second-year student Grace Crawley,” Dr Jefford said.

In the Coffs Harbour area there are about 1100 babies born each year.

At Coffs Harbour Health Campus, midwives and midwifery students from Southern Cross University work together to support and care for women and their families through pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting.

At the Gold Coast campus, the SCU Midwifery Society celebrated by hosting a successful ‘Expanding Possibilities’ conference at Twin Towns.

The conference attracted midwives, students and health industry representatives who heard from six guest speakers and raised more than $1500 for the local Women’s Care Units through raffle donations.

There were more than 80 businesses and community groups supporting the day contributing to the success of the event – the biggest conference to date.

Third-year student Oliwia Wystepek was named Student Midwife of the Year for the Gold Coast campus.

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