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Midwife of the Year

Saturday, 2nd May, 2015

The Far West Local Health District 2015 Midwife of the Year, Deb Towns (left), and New Graduate Midwife of the Year, Jerrilee McInnes. The Far West Local Health District 2015 Midwife of the Year, Deb Towns (left), and New Graduate Midwife of the Year, Jerrilee McInnes.

Local nurse Deb Towns has been crowned the Far West Local Health District Midwife of the Year.

Ms Towns was one of two midwifery nursing staff recognised for exceptional performance, at a ceremony held at the BH hospital yesterday.

The other award recipient was Jerrilee McInnes, who is New Graduate Midwife of the Year.

The two women were selected from nominations submitted by their peers and colleagues across the Far West LHD.

Ms Towns was praised for making the women she cares for feel supported and the centre of care, regardless of their circumstances or background.

“Deb makes her patients feel safe and comfortable above the beyond their expectations and is an asset to the midwifery team,” the health service said.

“She is supportive of junior staff and is an inspiration for any midwives who want to improve their practice and provide real women-centred care.

Ms McInnes was praised for bringing many skills to the midwifery team.

“As a student midwife, she demonstrated a knowledge and passion for perinatal mental health and has given education to all staff in this area, which has improved the care and understanding for these women,” the health service said.

The awards were presented as part of International Day of the Midwife (May 5) celebrations in which the District recognises and pays tribute to its midwifery staff.

Far West LHD Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Dale Sutton said the award were well-deserved recognition.

“Midwives significantly contribute to a better future by providing quality reproductive, maternal and newborn healthcare; and by caring for women and babies, midwives help ensure that they are healthy and thriving in their communities,” said Mrs Sutton.

International Day of the Midwife was established by the International Confederation of Midwives in 1992.

It is celebrated annually worldwide as an occasion for every individual midwife to think about the many others in the profession, to make new contacts within and outside midwifery, and to widen the knowledge of what midwives do for the world.

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