Honouring our midwives

Honouring our midwives
Hospitals across Northern NSW Local Health District honoured the compassion, skill and dedication of midwives on International Day of the Midwife, Wednesday 5 May.

As part of the celebrations at Lismore Base Hospital (LBH), 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.

Dorothy Edwards’ husband, Noel generously established the Scholarship in her name to provide professional development and education opportunities for staff within the Women’s Care Unit. The award provides funding to go towards training or conferences to increase staff knowledge and expertise in the field of midwifery.

This year’s winner, Jenna Monro Argent, was recognised for her work in helping midwifery and medical staff to increase their awareness and skills around preventing stillbirth.

“Jenna is relentlessly positive in the way she focusses on the women we care for and their families, and is passionate about educating staff,” LBH Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Narelle Gleeson, said.

This year’s Early Career Midwife Award went to Vanessa Clement. Vanessa began working as a midwife in 2020. This Early Career award celebrates a Midwife or Nurse 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.

“Vanessa has grown in leaps and bounds in her first year, and brings an open and willing attitude to her work every day,” Ms Gleeson said. “Congratulations to both our winners.”

Both awards are supported by local charity Our Kids, which also provides funding towards further professional development opportunities for staff in the Unit throughout the year.

Ms Gleeson acknowledged the important work that all midwives do in helping families get off to a great start.

“We know that when we improve a woman’s health, we improve the health of the whole family, and our midwives do an incredible job helping women and their new babies have the best start to life they possibly can,” Ms Gleeson said.

To find out more about Nursing and Midwifery in NSW, visit the NSW Health website: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/nursing/Pages/default.aspx.

Pictured: LBH Director of Nursing and Midwifery Narelle Gleeson, midwife Vanessa Clement, A/Midwifery Manager Women’s Care Unit Jacinta Felsch, midwife Jenna Monro-Argent and Our Kids Fundraising Coordinator Rebekka Battista

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