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Big day for midwives

Tuesday, 6th May, 2014

BH Health Service Midwifery Graduate of the Year Chelsea Anderson (left) nurses Piper Bearman while Midwife of the Year Anna Lee holds Celeste Woodman. BH Health Service Midwifery Graduate of the Year Chelsea Anderson (left) nurses Piper Bearman while Midwife of the Year Anna Lee holds Celeste Woodman.

By Nick Gibbs

Midwives from the Broken Hill Health Service have come together to raise money for vulnerable mothers while recognising those who have excelled in the field over the last 12 months.

They commemorated International Day of the Midwife with a barbeque and morning tea in the town square yesterday with money raised going toward providing clean birthing kits to developing countries.

Maternity Ward Manager Elizabeth Bennett said they were well on track to reaching their aim of $600, which will buy 200 birthing kits.

“We are pleased to celebrate International Day of the Midwife but also to have an opportunity to raise funds for the purchase, assembly and transport of clean birthing kits which hopefully will greatly benefit pregnant women in developing countries,” she said.

The health service also used the opportunity to present the titles of Midwife of the Year and Midwifery Graduate of the Year to Anna Lee and Chelsea Anderson respectively.

Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Dale Sutton, said the peer-nominated awards reflected the skills, enthusiasm and teamwork displayed by the recipients.

The two winners received $500 each to attend a conference of their choosing.

Ms Anderson thanked her colleges for their support and providing a welcoming working environment. 

“I just want to say thank you for all the midwives for their support,” she said. 

“It’s a great unit to work in.”

Anna Lee joined Chelsea in thanking the midwives at the health service and was pleased to be in the field after spending six years as a nurse.

“It’s always something I wanted to get into,” she said.

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