The story of Christmas, reminds us of the importance of mothers.

Mary, as mother, is central to the Christmas story, without her there is no infant, no Christmas.

Christmas is a poignant time to reflect on the pivotal role mothers have in growing and nurturing new life.

As a society we need to honour this contribution providing every childbearing women with dignified maternity care, as evidenced by the values of respect, kindness, compassion understanding and tolerance.