Happy International Day of the Midwife!
On this day, 5th May we are happy and excited to join all mothers, midwives, partners, stakeholders and families around the world to celebrate the International Day of the Midwife. The theme for this year is "Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life!
Midwives everywhere understand that by working in partnership with women and their families they can support them to make better decisions about what they need to have a safe and ful lling birth. It is evident that midwives deliver more than babies, in many instances they provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services and play a critical role in promoting health issues in their communities.
Message from ICM Chief Executive, Sally Pairman
As members of their communities midwives are familiar with community issues, cultures and challenges. Working in partnership with women allows midwives and women to get to know each other and build trust and respect. Midwives can then provide individualised care that meets each woman’s needs, is culturally safe, includes the woman’s family and is therefore more likely to have a lasting impact.
Access to a skilled midwife can help reduce and prevent deaths of more than 287,000 women who die while giving birth, those who are left morbidities and 2.7 million newborns who die within the first 28 days of life because they have
no mothers. That is why we need to take this partnership between midwives and mothers to a political level. If midwives and women and their families raise their voices together to advocate for changes to midwifery and maternity services they can combine their political power to make more impact and bring about changes so that services meet the needs of women and midwives.
Message from the ICM President, Frances Day-Stirk
Thank you for all the good work you are doing to save the lives of mothers and their newborns and to promote midwifery. Use IDM as an opportunity to raise awareness on the importance of partnership between midwives, mothers and families, for indeed – Midwives, Mothers and families are partners for life!
Message from Her Execellency ICM Inaugural Goodwill Ambassador, Toyin Saraki
Have a very happy International Day of the Midwife!
Sally Pairman ICM Chief Executive