International Day of the Midwife 2014
In 2014 the International Day of the Midwife engages stakeholders across the world with local activities of midwives associations as well as a virtual campaign advocating for investment in midwives and midwifery globally resulting in the wellbeing of mothers and newborns.
In 2014 the new subtheme "Midwives changing the world one family at a time" sends a strong signal that midwives provide care that changes families, communities and the world by saving the lives of mothers and babies. This new theme also resonates with the overarching theme that has accompanied IDM for the past years: "The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever". Both themes underline the importance of midwives and their work on a local as well as global level. It also supports the case that adequately educated and resourced professional midwives are crucial to achieving MDGs 4&5. Furthermore, the message that ‘Midwives Save Lives’ is increasingly relevant as the 2015 deadline for realising the MDGs draws ever closer.
IDM will officially begin with the opening speech of ICM President at the Virtual International Day of the Midwife that goes on for 24hrs!!! On Monday 5th we hosted a Twitter chat #IDM2014 together with various other organizations. The full schedule with handles and topics is here. Read our Press Release here.
Our partners have issued statements to express support on the International Day of the Midwife. Read the joint ICM/UNFPA statement here. The statement is available for download in ICM's three official languages, as well as Russian and Arabic. See the statement from World Health Organization (WHO) here.
Read the statement issued by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) here.