Mercy Midwife Named Victorian Midwife of the Year
Mercy Hospital for Women midwife, Robyn Smith, has been named Victorian Midwife of the Year. Robyn has dedicated the last eight and a half years to journeying with women through their pregnancies, births and beyond.
Robyn (pictured above) works in Maternity Group Practice (MGP), caring for women with low risk pregnancies. Each month her care is charged to four expectant mothers and Robyn proudly expresses her love for the work she does.
“It really is a lovely way to work,” said Robyn. “We are there for these families each step of the way, navigating them through pregnancy, assisting them through birth and finally helping them settle into their new role as parents.”
MGP midwives work in pairs to care for women during their pregnancy and labour, and provide home visits up to two weeks after the baby’s birth. If in this time a women’s pregnancy becomes high risk, MGP midwives continue their care in consultation with the obstetrics team.
“Pregnancy and birth are often highly anxious times for women and this is fed by the media and the information given to them on what to do and what not to do,” said Robyn. “The best part of being a midwife, for me, is watching these women overcome their fears and anxieties.”
“After the birth of their babies, it is wonderful to see how strong and empowered they are.”
Her years of dedicated service has culminated in winning the Midwife of the Year award for Victoria.
One of the mother’s who nominated Robyn said: “Robyn empowered and educated me, making me confident to voice my needs, feelings and plans. I look forward to the day I can tell my daughter about the strong, clever and inspirational woman who helped her come into this world.”
Robyn was presented with the award during a celebration at Mercy Hospital for Women to mark International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses Day.
“My colleagues kept the award a secret until this surprise presentation, I had no idea I had won,” says Robyn. “We don’t do this job for the awards, so I was hugely honoured to be recognised in this way.”
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29 May 2017