Deb delivers top baby service

SPECIAL MOMENT: LGH midwife Deb Clay with baby Aiden John Semmens as parents Nuwahn Richards and John Semmens, of Westbury, look on. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLERAs she gently handed one- day-old Aiden John Semmens back to his mother, Ms Clay said that the award was a special one for her because it proved that she was doing her job well.
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A midwife is selected in each state yearly to receive the award and announced on International Midwives Day (yesterday) after being nominated by a new mother or her close family.

Ms Clay said that she had been on IVF treatment for 10 years in an attempt to have a baby and sometimes she found it really difficult to come to work at the Launceston General Hospital’s Queen Victoria Maternity Unit.

“It’s wonderful that I’ve received the award because it gives me faith that I’ve been doing the job well despite it being hard sometimes,” she said.

Ms Clay has worked as a midwife at the QV, since she graduated 20 years ago.

She loves babies and regards it as a privilege to be part of the birthing experience with a family.

“There have been no memorable births because they are all special in their own ways,” she said.

“Having a baby is a special and magical experience, a private and intimate time and I feel honoured to be part of it.”

She said that midwifery had changed dramatically since she first trained more than 20 years ago.

“Most people would deliver flat on their back in bed but now we encourage women to be more mobile and to labour how they feel,” she said.

“We also encourage more skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby from the beginning.”

The biggest problem for most new mums was learning how to breast feed independently.

“That and getting to know when your baby is hungry or tired,” she said.

About 1400 midwives from around Australia were nominated for this year’s awards.

Ms Clay wins a family night out at Launceston’s Country Club Resort.

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