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ISLANDERS are invited to meet the Island’s midwives as St Mary’s Hospital celebrate the International Day of the Midwife.

Residents are being given the opportunity to meet nurses, midwives and health visitors of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust on Friday 11th May between 13:00 and 15:00 to raise awareness of the work they carry out for over 1200 babies a year and settle the worries of soon-to-be parents.

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Isle of Wight NHS Trust Head of Midwifery, Annie Hunter says: “Giving birth is a joyful event and we try to make it as uncomplicated and straight forward as possible for our mums, their partners and families.

“Our last survey of mums shows that (national maternity survey 2010) found our services to be good or very good and it’s thanks to our midwives and all our staff that we are able to provide this high level of service.”

There are currently 42 (whole time employed – wte) midwives employed in the Newport-based unit along with 19 wte other staff ensuring that the unit can provide a 24/7 year round service.

Join them for refreshments in the Conference Room at St. Mary’s Hospital and learn more about the contribution they make to the development of services on the Island.

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