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Midwives to celebrate International Midwives Day with bridge walk
Whanganui midwives will celebrate International Midwives Day on Thursday 5 May with a 5km walk along the river bank and over the Dublin Street and Whanganui City bridges.
 
Whanganui Hospital midwife Alison Carr says everyone is welcome to join the walk.  “We would love to see as many people as possible join our midwives, their family and friends, mothers and babies on a walk around the two bridges.
 
“We’ll gather at the pumpkin in Kowhai Park at 10.45am, set off at 11am and meet at the pumpkin again for a free sausage sizzle at the end of the walk,” Mrs Carr says.
 
“In a nod to the fact purple is the colour adopted by midwives worldwide, we’re encouraging people to wear purple but don’t expect them to do so.
 
“Whanganui midwives are proud of the service we provide to mothers and babies in our region. We are particularly proud of our high normal birth rates. In 2015, close to 80 percent of births in the Whanganui area were vaginal births, while 16.8 percent were caesarean section compared to a national rate of 25.9 percent.”
 
Mrs Carr says Whanganui Hospital midwives and obstetricians work well as a team delivering the babies of women living between Whanganui, Hawera, Raetihi (Waimarino), Bulls and Taihape.
 
This year’s International Midwives Day bridge walk is the second such walk to take place in the last few years. Mrs Carr would like to see it become an annual event which people of all ages and walks of life can enjoy.