Thursday, May 11, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Staff at Mackay Base Hospital celebrated International Midwives Day last Friday, May 5 with the presentation of awards, celebrating the hospital’s midwives and their dedication and contributions to maternal and newborn health.
The theme of International Midwives Day 2023 was ‘together again: from evidence to reality’, a theme that some staff say is more relevant to the hospital than ever.
The three awards given out were the Emerging Midwife Award, Exceptional Midwifery Care Provider Award and the Outstanding Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Award.
Mia Cray was awarded the Emerging Midwife Award and said she’s grown a lot in her 15 months as a Registered Midwife.
“I think being able to provide that care is what drove me,” Ms Cray said.
“I’m naturally pretty good at being around people and getting that relationship going.
“It’s really lovely getting to know these women and their families and being there for the whole experience.
“I’m really proud, I feel like this really solidifies that I’ve chosen the right career and that I’m doing pretty well in it.”
The Exceptional Midwifery Care Provider Award nominees were nominated by patients and was awarded to Donna Towers, a midwife of 25 years.
“In my care, I always try and treat women as I would,” she said.
“It can be a scary time when you’re pregnant and you don’t know options of care, so just talking to people as you would want your family members to be spoken to.
“We have an amazing bunch of midwives here … it’s an absolute honour to be picked.”
Maternity Unit Manager Kylie Clark said, historically, midwifery achievements were celebrated and recognised amongst nursing awards, this year being the first for the International Midwives Day celebrations.
“It’s important that these people are recognised as well, but we’re all here to do the same job,” she said.
“We have a lot of midwives who are great leaders and passionate about their profession.
“We’ve had our challenges so as a health service we’re just aiming to repair our reputation and do the best we can to provide a great service to Mackay.”
2023 International Midwives Day Awards
Emerging Midwife Award (Postgraduate) – Mia Cray
Exceptional Midwifery Care Provider Award (Consumer/patient nomination) – Donna Towers
Outstanding Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Award – Donna Martin (Proserpine)
L-R Interim Chief Executive Dr Charles Pain, Maternity Unit Manager Kylie Clark, Clinical Midwife Donna Towers, Registered Midwife Mia