7 May 2009
Midwives from Epsom and St Helier hospitals took part in the celebrations of International Day of the Midwife on Tuesday 5 May.
The day sees midwives across the globe join together to promote the good work that they do while raising money for maternity services in poorer countries.
The midwifery team at the Trust turned their hand to cake baking ahead of the occasion, and returned to work on Tuesday with lots of homemade cakes. They then offered them to other members of staff for a small donation, which raised a total sum of £110.
Maria Mills Shaw, midwife and home birthing expert for the Trust, said: "This day is all about solidarity really, and for raising money for maternity services that are not as well-funded as ones in developed countries. It's also a way of celebrating the good work that midwives do.
"Put simply, midwifery is absolutely vital. A good midwife can have an incredible impact on whole families, and that's why it's so important to raise funds to improve the knowledge and skills of midwifes in other, less fortunate areas of the world.
"At Epsom and St Helier we have a team of great midwives and know that we can offer a good service to the soon-to-be-parents that come through our doors. It's a fantastic job to have as it's just so satisfying to be involved in such a special part of people's lives."
Both Epsom and St Helier hospitals provide a maternity service, including for the antenatal, the intrapartum (the labour and birth) and postnatal stages. The hospital and community midwife service is fully integrated and managed by the Trust.
The maternity unit at St Helier Hospital is currently undergoing a £2.8 million refurbishment, including building a High Dependency Unit, which will be used to care for mothers who need extra attention. The works, which will be completed in the autumn, will see the opening of a specially designed birth centre where women who have had no problems during pregnancy can give birth in a more relaxed environment.
The Trust also offers mums-to-be a range of different ways to have their babies, including the option of a home birth to women with low risk pregnancies.
For more information about our maternity services or any upcoming Trust events, please visit at our website at www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk.