Midwives at Airedale hospital welcomed in families to celebrate International Day of the Midwife on 5 May 2018 – the internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives.
The event asked for families who had previously used Airedale’s maternity services to come and give their feedback about their experience, whilst enjoying enjoy coffee and cake, and activities for children.
The team received some positive feedback. One person said “I had a scary journey but the team were all excellent and got me through this”.
The feedback they received on the day will be used to continue to improve the care provided at Airedale. Sarah Simpson, head of midwifery, said, “The day was very relaxed and just provided a lovely informal environment for women and families to come back into the unit and see the midwives. We had face painting and creative activities going on for children – they painted some beautiful pebbles that will be placed in our garden.
“Many service users and their families attended the event and joined us in our celebrations. The women and their families were able to share with us their experiences of using our services and more importantly what we can do to improve them. Women’s voices are so important to us in the shaping of our future services and this event was an excellent starting point. We are working hard on a continuity of carer model for women and families and their input is valuable. Any women who feel they have contributions to make in helping us with our work is appreciated and can contact the unit.”
Before the visitors came, the day started with maternity staff having the opportunity to enjoy a pamper session with Sharon, a beauty therapist from Dolly Rockers Beauty, Keighley. These sessions were organised by midwife Gemma Sayer and Fiona McFadyen, labour ward manager. Both Gemma and Fiona were available in order to relieve staff from clinical duties in order to allow them some time for a treatment. Food and drinks were also provided for staff throughout the day, including a cake.
Midwife Gemma Sayer says, “It was so lovely to see so many generations that were born at Airedale; everyone had such a lovely day. And the sun was shining down on us!
“The cakes for the cake competition were amazing – we had fantastic entries and the head of midwifery Sarah Simpson found it hard to choose.
“As a midwife, I’m really proud of the work we do here at Airedale. Bringing a child into the world is such a special and exciting time, and we want to make sure mums-to-be get the best service possible from our midwives, both in the community and on our labour ward. By sharing your experiences, explaining what you think works well and what can be improved, we can continue to provide a gold-standard service for our community.”