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Premier joins Midwives to celebrate International Midwives Day

BVIHSA - Saturday, May 5th, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Premier, Dr. the Orlando Smith along with members of the medical field after the opening ceremony.

Thursday, May 3 – Dr. the Honourable Orlando Smith joined midwives and their supporters last Thursday at the opening ceremony of International Midwives Day at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park.

During his remarks, the Honourable Premier stated that as a Physician, he has a deep love and respect for anyone involved in the medical field, but especially for midwives, “As they are the ones who are there when babies are born, and that is not a responsibility to be taken lightly.”

The Premier moreover touched on his training and how midwives were an integral part of it.

The technologically savvy Premier also used his iphone and highlighted Exodus chapter one, which speaks of midwives as he underscored the history of midwifery.

Chief Nursing Officer, Mrs. Bernett Scatliffe spoke eloquently about the role of midwives in the world and made mention of an informal survey she conducted to assess how much persons knew about midwives.

“There is a shortage of midwives in the country and the world and those who are in practice are aging,” Mrs. Scatliffe said.  She also reinforced the importance of midwives and encouraged more locals to be involved in midwifery, “There is much work to be done to return midwifery to its place of prominence in the country,” she declared.

Under the theme, ‘The World Needs Midwives Today More Than Ever’, International Midwives Day will be celebrated on Saturday, 5th May, with the hope of heightening awareness to tackle global inequalities in maternal and newborn health.  At 4:30 p.m. Nurse Manager of the Obstetrics Unit, Emerald Pemberton will lead midwives, mothers, and other members of the community in a walk from the Governor Office’s parking lot to the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park to mark International Midwives Day.

Over 350,000 women die each year, with millions more suffering infection and disability, as a result of preventable maternal causes.  The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is committed to reducing inequality through greater access to essential midwifery care worldwide, particularly in developing countries where 90% of maternal deaths occur.

Speaking at the launch of the celebrations, Mrs. Cedorene Malone-Smith, Director of Hospital Services said, “While inequalities are a global issue, we also want to raise awareness of local challenges such as preeclampsia, postpartum hemorrhage, and abruptio placenta.  We want to see mothers and babies getting the support they need through increased local and global commitment to midwifery services.”

In addition to the ceremony and walk, an exhibition, workshops, and out-reach sessions are scheduled throughout the week.  For more information or to pledge financial support for the walk, persons are encouraged to contact Nurse Emerald Pemberton on 852-7536 or 541-3472.

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  1. GOOD JOB!!
    May 9, 2012
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    Excellent work…keep it up!

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