The hard-working nurses and midwives of the south-west are being honoured this month with several special days.
International Day of the Midwife was marked on May 5, while International Nurses Day falls on May 12.
The former was celebrated by the South Western Sydney Local Health District this week with special morning tea at Liverpool Hospital.
Midwives were joined by NSW Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Jacqui Cross for the occasion.
"International Day of the Midwife is a special day to celebrate the contribution midwives make to women and their families," she said.
"I encourage all midwives to join me and reflect on the difference they make to people's lives every day."
Ms Cross said May marked an important time of recognition for the 53,000 nurses and midwives working across the NSW public health system.
"Our nurses and midwives have been agile, resourceful and shown skill, compassion and professionalism in challenging times," she said.
"I would like to personally say thank you to each and everyone one of them for the critical work they do and the difference they make each and every day."
Liverpool Hospital Clinical Midwife Educator Kim Gotos said he became a midwife to help all family members during this special time in their lives.
"It's so rewarding to be there for mums and dads and to help bring someone new into the world,'' Mr Gotos, who also became a father last year, said.
Celebrations for International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses' Day are continuing across South Western Sydney Local Health District this month with award ceremonies, a breakfast on the lawn, lunches and morning teas planned.
Staff and the community are also encouraged to join the Healing Hearts campaign and wear and post the blue and purple hearts, representing the colours of nursing and midwifery on social media using the hashtags #IDM2021, #IND2021 and #ExceptionalCare.