International Day of the Midwife 

May 5 is the internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives. ICM established the idea of the 'International Day of the Midwife' following suggestions and discussion among Midwives Associations in the late 1980s, then launched the initiative formally in 1992. 

On May 5 each year we ask the world to focus on the role of midwives and midwifery. Each year ICM comes up with a campaign theme to provide motivating call to action for all of us to get involved and champion our work. The International Day of the Midwife is an occasion for every individual midwife to think about the many others in the profession, to make new contacts within and outside midwifery, and to widen the knowledge of what midwives do for the world. 

 

The theme for 2018 in three languages 


Midwives leading the way with quality care

Sages-femmes, ouvrons la voie avec la qualité des soins

Matronas liderando el camino con un cuidado de calidad 

 

Marking IDM with a Keynote Activity

Each year local midwives, Midwives Associations and supporters of midwifery globally develop their own keynote activities for the International Day of the Midwife to suit their  particular circumstances and resources.

Examples of ways in which midwives can make the day special include:

  • Organising a concert, singing contest, karaoke
  • Organising a march, run, street parade and rally in a public place 
  • Setting up stalls in a market-place or other popular area to publicise midwifery services and to offer information and advice 
  • Holding a meeting, workshop or conference to hear about new developments in midwifery and exchange news with other midwives in the region 
  • Inviting a government minister, NGO representative or a celebrity to speak or open an event 

Midwives are encouraged to let local or national media know about what they’re doing, well in advance, so that publicity can be gained as widely as possible. The International Day of the Midwife is an opportunity for every midwife to think about others in the profession, to make new contacts within and outside midwifery and widen the knowledge of what midwives do for the world!

ICM's Facebook page and other social media channels such as Twitter are great places to share ideas, and post activities.

 

Past themes

IDM 2018: Midwives leading the way with quality care 

IDM 2017: Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life!

IDM 2016: Women and Newborns: The Heart of Midwifery

IDM 2015: Midwives: For a Better Tomorrow 

IDM 2014: Midwives Changing the World One Family at a Time 

IDM 2013: The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever

IDM 2012: The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever

IDM 2011: The first 5km of the long Walk to Durban in South

IDM 2010: The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever

IDM 2009: The World Needs Midwives More Than Ever

IDM 2008: Healthy Families – the Key to the Future

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