International Day of the Midwife 2021


The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is proud to celebrate this year’s International Day of the Midwife (IDM) on 5th May 2021 under the theme of “Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives.” We look forward to coming together as a global midwife community to advocate for investment in quality midwifery care around the world, improving sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in the process. 

As we join midwives from around the world to reflect on the progress made by our profession, this year's theme is timely because IDM will coincide with the launch of the 2021 State of the World's Midwifery (SoWMy) Report. Co-led by UNFPA, WHO and ICM, SoWMy 2021 provides an updated evidence base and detailed analysis on the impact of midwives on maternal and newborn health outcomes and the return on investment in midwives. Through this lens, ICM will lead ongoing and growing efforts to centre midwives as fundamental to improving quality maternal and newborn care, ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths and achieving SDG 3.1 (reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100 000 live births by 2030).

On 5th May, visit to download the 2021 State of the World’s Midwifery Report  

In the meantime, ICM’s 2021 IDM Toolkit & Resource Pack, funded by and developed in partnership with UNFPA, will help you plan your own celebration on the impact of midwives globally and the need for increased investment in our profession. It contains:  

  • Key messages   
  • Tips for planning your virtual event or activities   
  • Instructions on how you can utilise social media to your advantage  
  • Downloadable social media graphics for you and your association's use (HERE)

We invite you to share this resource pack with stakeholders in your country so that more people can mobilise for midwives in 2021 than ever before.  



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