Since 1992 May 5th has been a special date for Midwives across the world as it marks International Midwives day.
For Altnagelvin-based midwife Corina McGarrigle May 5th 2021 will forever have added significance as it marks the day she gave birth to her third child, who was delivered by her colleagues in the same unit Corina has worked with the Western Trust since 2002.
The Derry woman gave birth to her son, weighing 7lbs 8oz, on the annual day of global recognition for Midwives around the world which looks to highlight and acknowledge their important work.
Corina was assisted in her delivery by two friends and colleagues, Midwives Emma McGlinchey and Emma Bradley, whilst her Husband David and daughters, Cara (10) and Enya (17 months) awaited news of the delivery.
Speaking shortly after delivery, Corina said: “I am completely ecstatic at the moment and I couldn’t be happier today after our latest arrival.
“I want to thank the fantastic Midwifery Team here at Altnagelvin who I know both personally and professionally and I can honestly say they are amongst the finest Midwives anywhere.
“I am doubly proud today, not only as a mother celebrating the birth of my son but also as a Midwife myself and seeing my colleagues in action brings it home just how important and challenging the role is and I want to extend my thanks to Midwifes everywhere on this unique day.”
“I’m just so delighted, my two girls at home just can’t wait to see their wee brother. I am so delighted that he was born on this day, it makes it so very special.”
Every year since 1992 on 5th May the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) leads a day of global recognition and celebration of the work of midwives.
This year’s International Day of the Midwife (IDM) is being celebrated under the theme of “Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives.”
Speaking about International day of the Midwife, Western Trust Clinical Risk Midwife and RCM Representative, Deirdre Gill, said: “I would like to take the International Day of the Midwife as an opportunity to recognise the incredible efforts of our local workforce, many of whom have gone above and beyond to care for women and babies during the pandemic.
“Their compassion, resilience and commitment in the face of such an unprecedented global health challenge has been incredible. I would like to thank each and every one of them.
“I would also like to say a warm congratulations from everyone at in WHSCT Maternity services to Corina on the fabulous news of the birth of her son, we her and her family the very best of luck for the future.”