Council marks the significant role of midwifery

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Council marks the significant role of midwifery thumbnailRenewing acquaintance at the reception celebrating 100 years of midwives in the Townhall, Enniskillen, are Esther Millar, centre, Omagh, with Karen Maxwell, left, and Geraldine McGandy, both from Enniskillen.

Midwifery is a profession providing care for women in pregnancy and childbirth and has played a significant role throughout history.

This was acknowledged at a special event hosted by the chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Stephen McCann, at the Townhall, Enniskillen, in honour of Northern Ireland's Royal College of Midwives (RCM) year-long celebrations marking the 100th year of the Midwives Act in Ireland.

The practice of midwifery can be traced back to Anglo Saxon times, however it was only regulated following the passing of the Midwives Act in England and Wales in 1902.

Effectively the legislation meant that no one could practice midwifery without being certified. It wasn't until 1918 that similar legislation was enacted in Ireland. Further amendments were made to the Act in 1926 and 1936, before being enshrined in the National Health Service Act 1946 when responsibility for the registration of midwives transferred from local government authorities to local health authorities.

Mr McCann welcomed the special guests and extended a particularly warm welcome to all those former, current and future midwives to the reception. He also welcomed the representatives of the supplementary services who worked closely with the midwives across the district.

"I am honoured and delighted to be afforded the opportunity to host a reception in honour of the Royal College of Midwives to mark this auspicious occasion. I am particularly pleased that some of the student midwives have been able to join us this afternoon. Nursing is a wonderful profession and midwifery is one of many specialisms within the profession.


Full story in this week's Tyrone Constitution newspaper...


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