BIG CONTRIBUTIONS: Coffs Harbour Health Campus midwives Jac Hill-Smith, Alison Moody, Bonnie McCarthy, Donna Houghton, Kate Purkiss, Amber Jolly, Erica Barzbys, Tess Mate, Carolyn Ryan with twin babies Iyahna and Reid Jarrett will celebrate International Day of the Midwife.
BIG CONTRIBUTIONS: Coffs Harbour Health Campus midwives Jac Hill-Smith, Alison Moody, Bonnie McCarthy, Donna Houghton, Kate Purkiss, Amber Jolly, Erica Barzbys, Tess Mate, Carolyn Ryan with twin babies Iyahna and Reid Jarrett will celebrate International Day of the Midwife. Trevor Veale

Honouring the mother’s helping hand

INTERNATIONAL Day of the Midwife is being celebrated locally tomorrow at Coffs Harbour Health Campus to recognise their invaluable contributions as a family's helping hand in welcoming new life.

Mums, dads, bubs, pregnant women and anyone with an interest in midwifery are invited to attend the community morning tea which will start at 10am and end at noon.

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Jo Uttley, the director of nursing and midwifery at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus, said she was honoured to be a midwife and share what is a very special time for families.

"It's an amazingly special experience, not many people in the general community get to experience that," she said.

About 1100 babies are born across the Coffs Coast annually. Midwives and Southern Cross University midwifery students collaborate to support mothers during and after pregnancy.

The student midwife and midwife of the year will also be announced.