Midwives’ role celebrated

May 23, 2014 - 5:03:51 am
Midwives and other healthcare professionals at an event to celebrate the International Day of the Midwife.

DOHA: Midwives and other healthcare professionals gathered at an event hosted by Women’s Hospital (WH), a member of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), to celebrate the International Day of the Midwife, a day recognised globally as part of efforts to increase awareness about midwives and midwifery.

The hospital event promoted the lifesaving work of midwives and demonstrated support for the profession with the theme “Midwives: Changing the World, One Family at a Time.”

Several midwives were honoured at the event, including Najia Khamis, Soad Suliman Al Ali, and Sharifa Anber Al Malki.

Midwives play an essential role in healthcare in Qatar, where more than 17,000 babies are born annually at Women’s Hospital alone. The hospital is the nation’s busiest labour and delivery unit. In additional to delivering babies, they are also involved in antenatal and postnatal care, counselling and education, and helping couples prepare for parenthood.

During the event, Haila Salim, WH’s Assistant Executive Director for Nursing Services, spoke on the history of midwifery services in Qatar and highlighted the contribution of Qatari practitioners towards developing the services.

She highlighted efforts to ensure that midwifery services in the country are in accordance with best practice standards. “All midwives should be registered to practice according to Qatar standards currently under development,” she stated, adding that HMC is working towards having an internationally recognized midwifery education program in Qatar.

“Midwifery is more than a profession: it’s a passion. It’s about empowering a woman and giving her a sense of security that she needs to feel to be able to deliver her newborn without further assistance,” said Maureen Brown, WH Assistant Executive Director for Midwifery, who delivered the welcome address at the celebration.

She added that midwives have a special relationship with the people they deal with. “It’s an absolute privilege to be able to look after women and share with them and their families that moment of birth; to walk with them through that journey from conception all the way through their postnatal period.”

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