Western NSW Local Health District is celebrating International Day of the Midwife on 5 May with the announcement of its Midwife of the Year for 2018.
International Day of the Midwife is a chance to recognise and celebrate midwives in our Local Health District and around the world.
The day helps remind us of the important role the midwife plays in the delivery of quality health care to women during their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal journey in facilities across the region.
Anne Jessett, an Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Midwife from Cowra has been awarded Western NSW Local Health District Midwife of the Year for 2018.
Director Nursing & Midwifery, Adrian Fahy said nominees had to demonstrate their commitment to the midwifery profession and values that highlight patient/client centred-care.
“Anne was awarded this year's Midwife of the Year due to her ongoing commitment to providing culturally appropriate care with compassion, respect and honesty when working with local Aboriginal women," Adrian said.
“Anne continues to strive to provide the best possible care for the women of Cowra and surrounding areas by maintaining her knowledge of current standards, guidelines and policies."
“Anne demonstrates the core components of working successfully with a team and is pivotal in negotiating a culturally sensitive pathway through our health service for the most vulnerable women and their families in our communities."
“Women in the local community have expressed how they feel comfortable, respected and relaxed while accessing midwifery services in the Cowra area and Anne is a key part of this."
“I'd like to congratulate Anne on receiving this award and to thank her for her ongoing commitment to the midwifery profession. I'm sure everyone in the Western NSW Local Health District and Cowra Health Service joins me in congratulating her on this achievement."
Anne said she was thrilled and humbled to be nominated for the award.
“I work with a fantastic team of midwives, Aboriginal Health Workers and other staff in Cowra that make coming to work a joy," Anne said.
“I come to work every day just trying to do my best for the local women in Cowra. It is my pleasure to help them through such an exciting time in their life while having a baby."