E-News Issue 4
Monday, 07 June 2021
Charles Darwin University
First year Bachelor of Midwifery students celebrate International Day of the Midwife
First year Bachelor of Midwifery students celebrate International Day of the Midwife

A special day and a bright future for midwife students

First year Bachelor of Midwifery students at Charles Darwin University’s (CDU’s) College of Nursing and Midwifery were recently greeted by a festive surprise.

The trainee midwives walked into their clinical teaching block to find the room decorated with purple balloons and were treated to a delicious cake to mark the occasion of their first International Day of the Midwife on May 5. In Alice Springs, a cohort of qualified Midwives celebrated their special day with purple balloons, a walk along Todd Mall and a selection of treats.

The day is celebrated worldwide by midwives and their teams in clinical settings, education, research and policy.

CDU student midwives have much to celebrate – the University is one of Australia’s finest midwifery schools, with strong student satisfaction and high graduate employment outcomes.

In fact, 94 per cent of undergraduate CDU midwifery students find employment, according to the 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey National Report.

CDU College of Nursing and Midwifery Dean Professor Catherine Turner said the career and pathway options are endless for midwifery students with huge demand in the Territory.

“Midwifery is a different discipline to nursing and can lead to some amazing career paths in the Northern Territory,” Professor Turner said.

“If you wanted to work with the Royal Flying Doctor Service for example, you need to complete studies in midwifery in addition to nursing.”

“One of the great things about the midwifery course at our University is the strong focus on rural and remote and Indigenous health.”

Professor Turner said CDU’s Molly Wardaguga Research Centre focuses on improving health outcomes for Aboriginal mothers and babies by reducing pre-term birth rates, which is achieved through midwifery led models of care.

According to the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) midwives have been fundamental in the response to the global pandemic freeing up resources including much-needed nurses and doctors.