Friday 5th May is International Day of the Midwife!  It’s a time of celebration that honours the efforts of midwives work and promote awareness about their importance in providing crucial care to families and their newborns.  The theme for this year is ‘together again’ reflecting that the midwifery profession are now able to meet again face to face to share learning and best practice. 

Amanda Kennett, Associate Director of Midwifery said, “The theme is relevant for us here at NCIC because we have been focussing on team work over the last year.  As a result we now have lots of great developments in progress to standardise our processes across the Trust.  For example we have just implemented a single point of triage to manage queries from women during pregnancy at West Cumberland Hospital which mirrors the process in place at the Cumberland Infirmary.”

Our patients seem to agree as the results of the CQC National Maternity survey published in January showed that people are experiencing good care across the pregnancy pathway from antenatal care, labour and birth and post-natal care.  Last week, the CQC were on site at the Cumberland Infirmary, West Cumberland Hospital and Penrith as part of their planned national inspection of maternity services.  The work of the maternity teams in supporting the visit and the information required was exemplary and we look forward to the feedback in due course. 

Jill Foster, Chief Nurse said, “We are really proud of our midwives and the wider midwifery support team across the Trust in everything they do to keep newborns and their families safe.  Having a baby is one of those times that people will always remember and we know that the support and care patients receive from their midwives is hugely appreciated. Today is their day and I know that colleagues and our wider community will join me in thanking midwives for their care at such an important time which touches so many people in our communities.”

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