Greta Beresford, recently awarded an MBE for her services to midwifery, visited Hereford County Hospital today, Thursday May 5, to celebrate International Day of the Midwife.
Hospital and community midwives from across the county were honoured to welcome Greta to join the worldwide celebrations about what the midwifery profession means for women and why we need midwives now more than ever.
The event was marked with a tour of the delivery suite and maternity unit at Hereford County Hospital where Greta met with mothers and their babies, and the midwives providing care.
An information stand was held in the hospital reception where midwives offered support and advice to members of the public and visitors. On the maternity ward each baby’s birth was celebrated with a certificate signed by the midwife in attendance.
Helen Price, lead midwife at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “We are very proud of our midwives, their achievements and dedication providing high quality care for women and their families.
“We offer personalised care for each woman, including active antenatal education, home births, water births, one to one support in labour, support on our maternity ward and in the community.
“There is lots of advice and support available for women including breastfeeding support for new mothers on the maternity ward, and once they go home, by a team of midwives and maternity support workers. Mothers can also receive additional information about breastfeeding, and local support groups through our breastfeeding app, which can be easily downloaded onto a mobile phone.
“Our midwifery academy at the Trust provides midwives with continuous support and training, so that each woman has a highly trained professional providing care and advice in the months before, during and after birth when they return home”.
Greta, from Almeley, who spent 16 years teaching at the Royal College of Midwives and also worked overseas for a charity teaching midwifery, said: “I am delighted to be invited to join the midwives in Herefordshire celebrating the International Day of the Midwife, which we share with midwives throughout the world.
“Midwives in the UK and around the world aim to provide the best for the women they care for: respect, choice, education and safety, combined with kindness and awareness of the needs of the woman and her family”.
If you would like to find out more about midwifery as a career or the service provided by midwives visit Royal College of Midwives website www.rcm.org.uk
Left to right: Greta Beresford, Charlie Alderile, Frankie Wood (mother) holding baby Alderdile, and midwife – Emily Strange.
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105.