The Malta Independent 25 October 2020, Sunday

Midwives to continue supporting women through their childbearing journeys

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 14:08 Last update: about 8 months ago

Midwives continue to support women and families throughout their childbearing journey, the Malta Midwives Association said today.

"Babies will continue to be born every day, including during these challenging times. Healthcare systems in Malta and Gozo are actively working to address the COVID-19 outbreak, and within this scenario midwives continue to be with women and families throughout their childbearing journey. The midwifery profession's aim is to give the best possible perinatal care, whilst minimising the spread of COVID-19."

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"Evidence and guidance on the novel corona virus is continually being updated and, as all other healthcare professionals, midwives are keeping themselves up to date as the situation evolves. The Malta Midwives Association supports its midwives, who as health professionals, are fully apt to follow the necessary infection control measures," the association said.

"The childbearing experience leaves a lifelong physical, psychological and emotional impact on families. Therefore, the Malta Midwives Association is in agreement with the World Health Organisation guidance that all women, regardless of COVID-19 infection, have the right to a safe and positive childbirth experience, and that breastfeeding helps a baby to thrive."

"The Malta Midwives Association urges all families to continue abiding by the advice of the public health department including good hand washing techniques, social distancing, cleaning high-touch areas, coughing/sneezing etiquette, avoiding touching the face and staying at home. Expectant parents and new parents should be cautious at this time, and should not delay seeking midwifery or medical assistance when needed."

"The Malta Midwives Association will continue to support families during the pandemic by providing many of its services online. This will include 'speak with a midwife' consultations, online childbirth education courses and prenatal & postnatal pilates. More information can be found on our website https://maltamidwivesassociation.com."


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