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Delivering a new baby is such a privilege
Local Democracy Reporter
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Dozens of midwives at the Royal Alexandra Hospital have spoken about the privilege of welcoming new life into the world as they celebrate their roles at the Paisley hospital.
The midwives, who have collectively delivered hundreds of babies at the hospital’s maternity unit, were sharing their experiences to mark International Day of the Midwife.
The event has this year called on world leaders to invest in midwifery services globally and celebrated the resilience and steadfast support offered by midwives during the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the RAH midwives held up signs setting out why their role is so important to them as they reflected on an extraordinary year for medics and new mothers alike.
Their thoughts and feelings were shared as part of a social media campaign held by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to mark the 2021 the event.
One midwife said: “Being a midwife is important to me because I can help and support women to embark on the wonderful journey of motherhood.”
A second midwife agreed, stating: “Pregnancy and labour is a lifechanging event where my care can empower, improve and enrich a family’s experience.”
All six midwives who appeared in the campaign agreed that empowering women during an incredible time in their lives was a highlight of their jobs.
And the campaign sparked a huge response from mothers across Renfrewshire who remembered each and every one of the midwives featured on Facebook.
The women were remembered for their kindness and unwavering support during what for some was a traumatic and stressful labour.
One woman wrote: “This amazing lady was on weekend night shift when my daughter decided to make an early appearance in 2015.
“She will always hold a special place in our hearts and supported us through a difficult time which we will be forever grateful for.”
Dr Margaret McGuire, director of nursing at NHSGGC, said: “Midwives always provide skilled, high quality care and understand what matters to the woman and her family.
“They put women first and this past year they have gone above and beyond to provide woman centred and safe care.
“At the core of everything they do is making the pregnancy, birth and postnatal experience as positive as possible for the woman and those who matter to her.
“My sincere thanks and praise goes out to every midwife in Greater Glasgow and Clyde on this the International Day of the Midwife.”