Staff in the Lismore Base Hospital Women’s Care Unit this week celebrated the wonderful work of their midwives, as well as blowing out the candles on the first anniversary of their state-of-the-art unit.
Celebrating International Day of the Midwife (Saturday 5 May), the Women’s Care Unit held an afternoon tea for staff as well as mothers and babies in unit.
In conjunction with the celebrations, the winner of the annual Dorothy Edwards Midwifery Scholarship was announced. The award recognises the legacy of one of Lismore Base Hospital’s great midwives, Dorothy Edwards, whose husband Noel generously established the Scholarship in her name to provide funding towards professional development and education opportunities for staff within the Women’s Care Unit to increase staff knowledge and expertise in the field of midwifery.
This year’s winner, Jo-Anne Ezzy, has been a midwife at LBH for over 35 years and has been the Nursing Unit Manager (NUM) of Special Care Nursery (SCN) for over 25 years.
“Jo is involved with the education and orientation of midwives in the Special Care Nursery and assists new staff and students to familiarise themselves with work in the Unit.”
“Jo has maintained a high standard of care in Special Care Nursery for over 25 years! This is exceptional.”
Jo said she was honoured to receive the award.
“It is a pleasure to work with the people I do every day. I love nurturing new midwives and I absolutely love what I do,” Jo said.
For the first time, this year Lismore Base Hospital presented a new award to recognise the contribution of early career midwives to the Women’s Care Unit.
This Early Career Award celebrates a Midwife or Nurse at the Lismore Base Hospital who is in their first five years of registration as a Registered Midwife / Registered Nurse, or Endorsed Enrolled Nurse, who has shown initiative, leadership, professionalism and courage in the workplace.
The recipient of this year’s Early Career Award is midwife Anna Dodd, who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and provides exceptional care to women, their babies and their families.
“We congratulate Anna on receiving this Award in its inaugural year,” Sue said.
“This Award is a reflection of my colleagues and it is an honour to work with such great women and babies,” Anna responded.
Both Awards come with scholarships which are sponsored by the Edwards family.
Local charity, Our Kids, also provides funding towards further professional development opportunities for staff in the Unit throughout the year.
This week also marks the first birthday of the opening of the new Women’s Care Unit as part of the $320 million redevelopment of the hospital.
A special guest in attendance was Lucas, the first baby born in the new Womens’ Care Unit, who celebrated his first birthday yesterday.
“It’s been a busy 12 months with more than 1200 births at Lismore Base Hospital since moving into the new Unit,” Sue said.
“We’re really privileged to have such a wonderful unit for our staff to work in, and to be able to provide such great facilities for our mums and babies.”
Pictured top: Left to right – Midwifery Unit Manager, Sue Colquhoun; 2018 LBH Dorothy Edwards Midwifery Scholarship recipient, Jo-Anne Ezzy; previous Scholarship recipient, Merle Hamilton; and Paediatrician Dr Chris Ingall