A new uniform for First Nations midwives is helping to save lives and raise awareness about high mortality rates of Indigenous mothers and babies.
Research reveals that First Nations women are almost three times more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth, compared to non-Indigenous women. However, having access to a First Nations Midwife has an immeasurable impact on the health and wellbeing of vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies.
A new uniform for First Nations midwives is launching in an effort to create more visibility around this issue. First Nations midwives across the country will wear The Huggies® Sister Scrubs to champion the immeasurable work they do in delivering more culturally appropriate care and encourage greater visibility of First Nation midwives.
The Huggies® Sister Scrubs design is based on original artwork by First Nations artist and Midwife, Leona McGrath and produced by 100% Aboriginal owned designer and manufacturer, Yilay.
Mel Briggs is a Senior Midwife at Waminda – South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation and says First Nations midwives play an essential role in protecting bubbas.