It was International Day of the Midwife on 5 May. To celebrate, we invited mums, partners and babies to come and join us for tea and cake in the maternity unit.
Families came along to celebrate with us and say thank you to the midwives who have supported them through their journey to becoming parents. Staff reflected on what it means to them to be a midwife, with many describing it as a ‘privilege’ to be part of this special moment in people’s lives.
Joanne Hayward, head of midwifery, said: “It’s an honour to support and celebrate the midwives of northern Devon for International Day of the Midwife. It’s clear from the comments from the midwives that the staff here are enthusiastic and committed to providing a high quality safe service for the women of northern Devon. Midwifery is a challenging and rewarding career, and midwives are privileged every day to be part of a woman’s journey.
“The coffee morning was a great opportunity to just pause and reflect on the compassionate care they provide for our families, and it was lovely to meet some mums that have used our services and meet their lovely babies.”