Midwives are a very special lot



BETWEEN them they have helped to deliver hundreds of babies, but each birth is a special and emotional experience, according to midwives at the Tweed Hospital.

"I still cry at some deliveries," said Tweed midwife with more than 20 years experience, Christina Knight.

"It is an emotional experience being involved in a birth."

Little baby Greenway, who has not yet been named by his parents Karen and Stuart, of Bonogin, helped Mrs Knight and her fellow midwives at Tweed Hospital celebrate International Midwives Day yesterday.

"You are part of the extension of life as a midwife - the circle of life - and it's a wonderful natural experience," said midwife Helen Watt, of what she likes about her job.

Being a midwife is totally different to being a nurse, and these ladies are happy they did the extra training to be the first hands that touch most newborns, whether they are delivered in a hospital, birthing unit or at home.

"Nursing is about taking care of sick people, but we get to educate parents, which is important," mid- wife Kerry Wilson said.



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