Celebrating International Midwife Day at Joondalup Health Campus
May 04, 2012
Celebrating the ‘International Day of the Midwife’ on Friday 4 May is an extra special affair for Joondalup Health Campus given the hospital’s recent baby boom.
With an average of seven babies born per day, local resident and Nurse Manager of the Private Maternity Ward Sandy Flugge knows only too well the important role midwives play in a women’s journey through pregnancy and birth.
“I always had a desire to become a midwife,” said Ms Flugge. “To be part of something amazing and help mothers and families during a life changing experience is a feeling words can’t explain.
“Despite having worked in the profession for almost a decade now, I still get the feeling of joy and am in awe at how amazing the human body is to create something as perfect as a newborn baby.
“I have a fantastic team. Together we work to ensure the Campus’s private maternity unit continues to be a place where expectant parents feel safe and nurtured during this special time in their lives.”
Director of Nursing and Midwifery Shane Combs said International Midwives’ Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the work of these outstanding health professionals.
“Through leadership and innovation, our midwifery team is committed to providing excellent care for women and families in our community. We are extremely proud of the care they provide," said Mr Combs.
The role of the midwife is more critical than ever with the Campus delivering record numbers of babies and dealing with unprecedented demand for antenatal appointments.
“Private ward deliveries were up 27 per cent and public ward deliveries up 17 per cent in the six months to December 2011, compared to the same period in 2010,” Mr Combs said.
“We have been busy expanding services to ensure more women from the northern suburbs can give birth at JHC with a new 145-bed, five-level private hospital including a maternity ward and birthing suites set to open in 2013.”
“This will provide new and improved facilities for our private mothers and babies and will also free up facilities in the existing hospital for further growth.”