International Day Of The Midwife takes place every 5 May. This is a time to recognise the important work of midwives around the world and show your support.
The day, which has been observed since 1991 is organised by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) to raise awareness of the important job midwives do and the care they provide in your community.
In 2013 midwives and supporters like us organised loads of different events worldwide. In Croatia events were held in public squares and parks to raise awareness and gather support.
In Nepal midwives organised an event with dignitaries from the Ministry of Health and Population. Papers were presented and open discussion took place with those taking part and the Government in relation to the education of midwives. And midwives in Indonesia arranged a march through the pedestrian area of Jakarta.
Around 340,000 women die each year due to maternal causes, while thousands more women suffer from disabilities and infections as a result. These could help to be prevented with more funding and awareness of the important job midwives do, and you can show your solidarity by taking part in the day.
The theme for 2016 is ‘Women and Newborns: The Heart of Midwifery’. To find out more, visit the International day of the Midwife website, or the Royal College of Midwives website, and get involved today.