Midwives are revealing their passion for their jobs to mark this year’s International Day of the Midwife.
Staff at Hull Women and Children’s Hospital will use a specially designed photo frame bearing the messages “I love being a midwife because…” and “I love being a midwifery assistant because…” to take selfies and explain why they love their jobs to mark the global day of celebration.
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will then post the selfies and the midwives’ and midwifery assistants’ stories on Facebook and Twitter as teams around the world join in the event on Saturday.
Midwife Nikola Donner, who works as a rotational midwife on all the wards, came up with the idea with Jessyka Jackson, who works on Rowan Ward, Rachael Edwards, who also works as a rotational midwife, and clinical governance midwife Jennifer Moverley.
All Royal College of Midwives (RCM) officials, the women will tour the antenatal clinic, antenatal wards, delivery ward, post natal ward and community midwives’ office this week to collect the views and selfies of staff taking part.
Nikola said: “We just thought this was a good way of celebrating what we do and explaining why we love the job of being a midwife.
“It’s a fantastic honour to be with women and their families at such a special time in their lives.
“We’ll then collect all the selfies and transfer them onto posters for the wall so everyone can see how we feel about being a midwife.”
Head of midwifery Janet Cairns said the trust would be sharing the midwives’ selfies on its social media pages to highlight the passion staff felt for their roles.
She said: “Being a midwife is an absolute privilege, being with, and caring for women and their families at such an important time is just fantastic.
“This is a great way of sharing the views of our dedicated team who are there for women from all over Hull and the East Riding as such an important time in their lives.”