Portland Purple Parade To Honour Midwives

PHOTO: 2016 Midwifery Day Celebrations
Tuesday, 2 May 2017
Portland District Health’s midwives will form a purple parade on May 5 to promote recognition of their profession.

The midwives will dress in traditional purple attire as they walk down Bentinck Street and back up Percy Street as part of International Day of the Midwife which takes place every May 5.

A midwife is a qualified health professional, trained and committed to providing care, education, advice and support to women and their families during pregnancy, labour and birth, and the early postnatal period.

PDH senior clinical midwife consultant, Wendy Buckland, said International Midwives Day is a day to raise community awareness about the important work of midwives around the world and show support for the profession.

PDH has successfully re-established its birthing service over recent years and is now hosting about 80 births a year.

There are 11 permanent staff in the PDH midwifery team and five casuals to help as needed. PDH is also served by gynaecologist-obstetrician Dr Yasser Diab.

The purple parade will leave PDH about 11am and the round trip is expected to take about an hour.

This is the first time PDH midwives have staged a purple parade. 

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