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Enjoy a great day out, and raise vital funds for nursing and caring charities, by visiting an open garden. The 2015 NGS Yellow Book lists them all.
Providing vital funding for projects that help improve patient care.
If you are interested in nursing heritage, visit our website celebrating District Nursing around the world since 1859.
The picture shows a midwife assisting a home birth during the 1950s, a period when most births took place at home. Today only about 3% of births take place outside hospital.
Midwives have a vital role in preparing women for the arrival of new life.However, their role goes much further than delivering babies; they're involved in antenatal and postnatal care, in counselling, in offering support and education, and in helping mothers and their partners prepare for parenthood.
More midwives now work in the community, providing services in women's homes, local clinics, children's centres and GP surgeries. Others are hospital based.
To read some real life stories of midwives at work please see: http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/midwife_stories.shtml