Friday 15 June 2018

Bass Coast Health (BCH) Midwife Ruth Harvey has taken out the honour of being named 2018 Midwife of the Year by the Gippsland Australian College of Midwives.


Her win was announced at a surprise celebration held by staff, local doctors and BCH Executive staff at BCH’s quarterly obstetric educational forum. Ruth is well known from her 33 years at BCH as a Midwife and during this time has provided exceptional care to birthing women at Wonthaggi Hospital.


Amidst the cake and congratulations, Ruth – true to her modest form, was quietly proud of her achievement.


”Being able to do what I do is rewarding anyway, but to receive this award on top of that is just such an honour”.


Each year the Gippsland campus of ACM presents three ‘Midwife of the Year’ awards and scholarships. Category one is awarded to a Midwife nominated by their colleagues, the second category is awarded to a student Midwife and the third is awarded to a Midwife nominated by a client cared for by that Midwife.


This year, a record number of nominations was received for Ruth in the first category, serving as a tremendous indication of how highly regarded and appreciated Ruth is by her peers.


This win follows last year’s Gippsland ACM’s Student Midwife of the Year being awarded to another BCH Midwife, Fran Warren, who has since become a permanent member of BCH’s Maternity team.

Pictured (L-R): Bass Coast Health Midwives Leonie Wolf, Fran Warren, Janet Luckett, Lauren Yann, Ruth Harvey and Linda Goltz celebrate Ruth’s well deserved Midwife of the Year award.