Job of bring­ing new­borns into the world is her baby


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - PENINSULA SNAPSHOT - Pia van Straalen

IN NINE short months, Bent­ley Hospi­tal mid­wife Michelle Swartz has wel­comed dozens of local ba­bies to the world.

On May 5, Ms Swartz was among the mid­wives in Bent­ley cel­e­brated for their con­tri­bu­tion to child birth as part of In­ter­na­tional Day of the Mid­wife.

Ms Swartz said her ca­reer was a priv­i­lege, and con­sid­ered ev­ery birth mem­o­rable.

“Ev­ery birth that I have had the priv­i­lege of pro­vid­ing care to the woman for is mem­o­rable,” she said.

“Each woman is unique, there­fore ev­ery labour and birth is a mem­o­rable and spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Cel­e­brat­ing with a cake and a cuppa, the team at Bent­ley cel­e­brated the theme Women and New­borns: The Heart of Mid­wifery, with each nurse wear­ing pur­ple.

Moth­ers and new­borns also at­tended the cel­e­bra­tions.

Ms Swa­trz said the day was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for the team to take a break from the fast-paced and un­pre­dictable life of mid­wifery.

“In­ter­na­tional Mid­wives Day is a great way to ac­knowl­edge and cel­e­brate Mid­wives for their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to the health and well­be­ing of preg­nant women and new­borns,” she said.

Mid­wife Michelle Swartz.

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