7th May, 2021 - Teresa McCreery is honoured for her work as Community Midwife Manager -
Teresa McCreery, Community Midwife Manager at The National Maternity Hospital, has been named The Most Inspirational Midwife of 2021 at today’s nursing event ‘Glocalisation in Healthcare’ in recognition of her dedication to community midwifery. Themed ‘Nurses and Midwives thinking globally and acting locally to drive the policy and educational agenda’, this year’s event, which was held virtually, was organised and hosted by DCU’s School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health.
The one-day event was opened by Georgina Bassett, Honorary President of the Irish Association of Directors of Nursing and Midwifery – IADNAM. The awards offer a timely opportunity to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives whose contributions have been immense in the gruelling fight against COVID-19 as hospitals and healthcare settings faced enormous pressure.
Teresa said she’s “extremely humbled,” and that the award also recognizes “the extraordinary, work of her community midwifery colleagues and administration team”.
Speaking about the award, Teresa McCreery said, “This is an absolute privilege for me and I am honoured to obtain this credit for my work as a midwife. I have to credit Mary Brosnan - our Director of Midwifery & Nursing, our amazing administration team and the current team of midwives. They give so much of themselves to the needs of pregnant, intrapartum and postnatal women who entrust their care to our service. I would like to mention all the women who need our support in these very trying times. We, as a profession and indeed as a nation, have to strive for better maternity care services for all.”
Mary Brosnan, Director of Midwifery & Nursing at The NMH and a Florence Nightingale Scholar presented online.
Speaking at the event, Mary said, ‘It was an honour to present at the awards today and I am absolutely delighted for my colleague, Teresa. She is the heartbeat of The NMH Community Midwifery Team. Her work and dedication to the improvement of maternal care in the community is inspirational; what a joy to see her receive the acknowledgement she so deserves here today.”
The event is seen as a ‘celebration’ of nursing and midwifery and featured contributors from across the world who examined the idea of “glocal” - where global developments impact on the local and in turn the local responses impact globally.
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About Community Midwives at The NMH
Community Midwives at The National Maternity Hospital is a Domino and Homebirth service, which provides continuity of care and choice to low risk women throughout pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period. It also provides an Early discharge home service and a satellite antenatal clinic service. The service offers women the opportunity to choose to have their antenatal care in a location that suits them. The clinics, which are based in Dublin/Wicklow areas, are combined with GP care. Community midwifery-led care presents added advantages for women who can avail of convenient, timed appointments in their own locality, while also being supported by The NMH multidisciplinary team.
Photo of Teresa McCreery by Jeanette Lowe Photography
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