“We are celebrating and thanking our midwives across the Black Country and West Birmingham on their special day today – but want them to know they are appreciated all year round.”
Today is International Day of the Midwife and the Black Country and West Birmingham Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS) will be showcasing those who make a difference to families across its communities.
Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS Black Country and West Birmingham CCG, said: “How fantastic that we can make today all about our wonderful midwives.
“Once again, we find ourselves talking about another difficult year for them as they have supported mums-to-be and their families through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It has been extremely tough at times for our service users and staff alike as we have all had to work together to make our maternity and neonatal services as safe as possible for everyone and minimise infection risk. But our midwives have done themselves proud as we know from all the amazing stories and experiences that people have shared with us.
“This year’s theme reflects on the progress made in midwifery over the past 100 years and is an opportunity for us to celebrate and thank our Black Country and West Birmingham midwives for all they do – not just today, but every day.”
The LMNS brings together all those who are involved in providing and organising maternity care such as midwives, obstetricians, service users, neonatal staff, managers, commissioners, public health, educators, perinatal mental health providers and GPs. It is working to ensure services respond to the challenge set out nationally in Better Births to become more personalised and more responsive.