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Midwives Recognised For Commitment

Well-trained and committed midwives are the frontline in our commitment to improve maternal and infant health. The comment was made by the Dean of Fiji National University’s College of Medicine,
30 Nov 2014 12:58
Midwives Recognised For Commitment
Professor Ian Rouse Photo: Rama

Well-trained and committed midwives are the frontline in our commitment to improve maternal and infant health.

The comment was made by the Dean of Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor Ian Rouse at the Fiji Midwifery Society’s annual scientific conference yesterday.

“The midwives are the group of health workers who work tirelessly to ensure a safe pregnancy and delivery,” Professor Rouse said.

“With the theme ‘Empowering Midwives Through Research’ we can have an enquiring mind and continue to learn no matter what our position or age is.”

He said midwives took the message about the miracle of life and the precious nature of women, mothers to be and babies seriously.

“There are not many of us and we do not communicate on a daily basis in towns, villages and settlements which is where the key messages are needed.

“We need to take heed of simple messages about booking early, looking for danger signs, taking good care of pregnant women, dealing with delays or the problem of too young and too old, among other things.”

Professor Rouse said although they had educated some outstanding midwives, they wanted to improve the quality of education.

“By improving education we will be able to ensure that we deal with the inequalities in healthcare of mothers and babies.”

He said the quality of maternal and newborn care was important and they wanted to see mothers and babies getting the support they needed.

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