Wide Bay midwives praised for their commitment during COVID


Midwives in the Wide Bay are being celebrated for their skill, commitment and compassion to countless local families throughout the region.

Wide Bay hospital marked International Midwives Day by reflecting on a difficult 12 months, that saw them change their practices to adapt with COVID-19 restrictions.

The hospital's Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services Fiona Sewell says the entire Wide Bay team should be proud of how they worked through the ever-changing COVID climate.

“Our midwives have been adaptable in their workplace practices and supportive of families who have faced this uncertainty as new parents.

"It’s their professionalism and compassion that have given local women trust and confidence during their birthing journey," Ms Sewell says.

Each year, the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay maternity units assist in the birthing journeys of approximately 2,000 families.

Midwife Jessica Williamson is part of the Midwife Group Practice (MGP) team, which gives Wide Bay parents the chance to be supported by a local midwife throughout their entire pregnancy journey.

She says it has been more than rewarding to work so closely with parents across the Wide Bay.

“It’s such an intimate time in a family’s life, and it’s really a privilege and very heartwarming to be able to be a part of that."

[Image: Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service, Jessica Williamson]