HMC recognizes valuable contribution of midwives
In recognition of the International Day of the Midwife, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is highlighting the vital role of midwives in the provision of quality care to mothers and newborns.
Celebrated annually on May 5, the day shines a light on the work of midwives and advocates for investment in quality midwifery care around the world.
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that midwives are the trusted companions of women throughout their pregnancy, birth, and the period following childbirth.
The support from midwives helps women achieve healthy pregnancies and contributes to an overall positive pregnancy experience.
Safe and effective midwifery care can avert 83 percent of all maternal deaths, stillbirths, and newborn deaths.
Acting Deputy Chief Nursing Officer at HMC, Nursing Lead for the COVID-19 Tactical Command Group and Executive Director of Nursing at Rumailah Hospital, Mariam Al Mutawa, highlighted that excellent support HMC’s maternal health services provided to mothers with COVID-19 and their newborns.
“Our midwifery services are so important, especially during such challenging times as this pandemic. We have cared for women who were COVID-19 positive who have given birth, as well as new mothers and their newborn babies who needed to be in quarantine facilities.
“At the heart of our efforts is the safety and wellbeing of mother and baby and this is what each of our midwives is dedicated to,” she said.
“Within these years we have continuously used midwifery education to transform and improving practices, updating all competencies following ICM recommendation and evidence-based practices. We therefore celebrate the achievements of midwives and their contribution to the COVID-19 responses and constant efforts to improve reproductive, maternal, and newborn health outcomes,” Al Mutawa added.
HMC has been committed to developing its midwifery practice and education over the past few years with the expansion of Clinical Midwife Specialists, Midwife-Led Clinics, Childbirth classes, Community Postnatal Home Care and Midwifery Education.
Executive Director of Nursing at the Women’s Wellness and Research Center, Haila Swaid Salim, underlined that despite the reduction in in-person clinics, the teams have found alternative ways to maintain the connection with the women under their care.
“The COVID-19 restrictions meant that ante-natal classes could no longer be offered in the hospitals, but our resourceful teams have adapted to ensure continuity of care across all our maternity facilities.
“We adapted to virtual consultations to ensure continuity of care, support and reassurance for many women, their partners and family,” she said.
“These services are delivered by our highly experienced and trained midwives. Where necessary, mothers are seeing face to face; but if the pregnancy is going well, the virtual consultation enables mothers to benefit from the expert advice while in the comfort and safety of their own home,” she added.
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