Midwifery is a health care profession which offers care to childbearing women during pregnancy, labor and birth and the postnatal period. The International Day of the Midwife is celebrated across the world on May 5th each year. In 2014, the day engages stakeholders worldwide with local activities as well as a virtual campaign advocating for investment in midwives and midwifery globally resulting in the well-being of mothers and newborns. The theme this year was “Midwives changing the world one family at a time.”
Midwifery students and staff from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine on the Melbourne campus took part in International Midwives Day with music, dancing and activities. One of the days theme songs was 'Run the world' by Beyonce. A professional dance master class was held on the roof top garden of the Daniel Mannix Building in the morning. This was followed by a knitting circle activity over a shared lunch. Participants also benefited from an art display with the theme 'midwives changing the world'.
There was a live link to Virtual International Day of the Midwife (VIDM) in the Midwifery Lab. Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Course Coordinator, Dr Jane Morrow facilitated a live session for VIDM via adobe connect with the presenters from India sharing their progress towards the millennium goals – reducing maternal and infant mortality.
This year marks the 10th anniversary since the first Bachelor of Midwifery graduates in Melbourne. The course, which is now offered on the Brisbane campus, prepares graduates to manage normal pregnancy and childbirth, and provide effective postnatal maternal and newborn care in any maternity setting.
The School is very proud of our graduates who are now working across Australia in a variety of different settings from tertiary hospitals to independent midwifery practice. Dr Morrow said, “the course at ACU is unique as it prepares students to work as midwives whilst sharing the learning with nursing and other health care professionals where commonality exists, thus promoting interdisciplinary learning and working”.
Midwives have excellent employment prospects in Australia, including health counselling and education for women, their families and community; preparation for parenthood and infant care; and midwifery care. Midwives from the Bachelor of Midwifery are also found in education and government.
Find out more about the Bachelor of Midwifery at ACU.