A message from our Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer Ann Maree Keenan
Saturday 5 May is the internationally recognised Day of the Midwife, a day for highlighting and celebrating the work of midwives worldwide.
Today I wish to recognise the invaluable contribution of our midwives to improving the health and wellbeing of mothers and families in Victoria. We are privileged to have 1,280 registered midwives, with a further 7,470 dual registered midwives and nurses across our state.
The theme of this year’s International Day of the Midwife, chosen by the International Confederation of Midwives, is Midwives leading the way with quality care. The profession of midwifery plays a significant role in ensuring that women and their newborns navigate both pregnancy and childbirth safely.
Midwives are also crucial in ensuring that care is delivered in a respectful manner that helps support a life time of good health beyond childbirth. I have enjoyed meeting many of our Victorian Midwives in my travels around the state and appreciated your dedication and the commitment to quality care that is evidenced based and person centred.
In my role as the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer of Victoria, my aim is to further the work of Safer Care Victoria to ensure outstanding health care for all Victorians, always. No baby, mother or person should experience avoidable harm whilst seeking care within our health system. Partnering with women, clinicians and indeed all people accessing health services, is integral to the work of Safer Care Victoria. On International Day of the Midwife, we celebrate the work of our midwives in partnering with women and families, in order to provide safe, high-quality care to mothers, babies and infants.
May all the Victorian Midwives have a terrific day and enjoy the celebrations in your workplace. Thank you for the work that you do.
Ann Maree Keenan