Celebrating 10 years of midwifery at ACU Melbourne

Midwifery students and staff in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at ACU’s Melbourne Campus had a double celebration recently – with the International Day of the Midwife coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of Melbourne’s first midwifery graduates.

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 5 each year. The theme for this year was ‘Midwives changing the world one family at a time’.

Midwifery students and staff celebrated with music and dancing activities, with one of the theme songs being Run the world from Beyonce. A professional dance master class ran on the rooftop garden of the Daniel Mannix Building, followed by a knitting circle activity over a shared lunch. Participants also benefited from an art display with the themes of 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 millenium goals – reducing maternal and infant mortality.

This year also marks the tenth anniversary since the first Bachelor of Midwifery students graduated in Melbourne. The course, which is also 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.

Dr Morrow said the school was very proud of their graduates who were now working across Australia in a variety of different settings from tertiary hospitals to independent midwifery practice.

“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,” she said.