Why should young people become midwives? #WorldYouthSkillsDay
Author: Yvonne Delphine Nsaba Uwera, Young Midwifery Leader, Rwanda
Considering age distribution at the median age of 30 years a half of the world population is younger than 30 years and another half is including everyone aged to 30 or older (UN, 2017).
This reflects the high number of people in the childbearing period who are in need of good and quality midwifery and sexual reproductive care.
Offering this care requires vocational passion, innovative ideas that young people have - upon which knowledge, skills, and attitudes of midwifery can be added to become a midwife.
Midwifery is a noble profession which uses evidence-based practice, offers flexibility to progress and learn throughout the life course, provides the window of updating knowledge and skills and offers the possibility to young people to work in a team, to gain experience, achieve their goals and to learn about leadership, management and advocacy. This leads to a huge amount of satisfaction from making difference in the lives of adolescents, newborns, women and families.
Midwifery is not all about catching babies. Young people can join midwifery and work in various sectors, including community, health settings, health planning, health finance, midwifery education and research.
This is the time when the world needs more midwives in all sectors to improve maternal and newborn health. By joining midwifery, young people are offered an opportunity to contribute to global commitment such as United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and to provide their contribution in making the world a better place for newborn, girls, women and families.
UN. (2017). World Population Prospects. Retrieved from https://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/Publications/Files/WPP2017_KeyFindings.pdf