Pregnant pause to celebrate midwives in Limerick

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

New mother Mairead Sheedy, from Sixmilebridge, who gave birth to her daughter Ciara at the University Maternity Hospital on International Day of the Midwife, May 5, surrounded by nursing staff
THERE were some 4,500 births in the Maternity Hospital in Limerick last year, but the nursing staff who help mothers with their deliveries were celebrated this week, during the annual International Day of the Midwife.

THERE were some 4,500 births in the Maternity Hospital in Limerick last year, but the nursing staff who help mothers with their deliveries were celebrated this week, during the annual International Day of the Midwife.

The event is celebrated all over the world and this year’s theme ‘Midwives: for a better tomorrow’ is a crucial reminder of the role of midwives in creating a brighter future for mothers, babies and families.

To celebrate the day, the University Maternity Hospital in Limerick held some events to promote the work of the midwife including an opportunity for expectant parents to meet a midwife. Parents were invited to meet a midwife and have a chat about the range of services and supports available to them. They also had an opportunity to meet specialists in home birth and breast feeding.

A group of students from Laurel Hill Colaiste attended a career fair in midwifery at the University Maternity Hospital Limerick. They had an opportunity to meet practicing midwives, learn about the range of specialities available within midwifery and tour the hospital.

Margaret Quigley, directorate midwife manager, maternal and child health directorate, said that “this was a great opportunity for expectant mothers to meet our midwives informally and have a chat about their pregnancy and birthing plan. The students from Laurel Hill Colaiste who have an interest in a career in midwifery had the opportunity to get a real insight into this very rewarding career.”