As you probably all know, it’s International Day of the Midwife (IDM) on the 5th May.
Every year the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) promotes the work of midwives across the world through IDM. Their ongoing, overarching theme – which has run for several years – is ‘The world needs more midwives now more than ever’, and is intended to raise awareness of the shortage of midwives globally.
This year’s sub-theme is ‘Midwives changing the world one family at a time’, putting forth the strong message that the care midwives provide has a significant impact on changing families, communities and the world by saving the lives of mothers and babies.
This year the International Day of the Midwife theme extends into June as it is the ICM’s 30th Triennial Congress. Thousands of midwives from many different countries will attend this event in order to share excellence in practice, research and knowledge, learn about midwifery challenges across the continents and enjoy mutual support from colleagues.
Creating unity is essential for strengthening connections between midwives worldwide, and a united front will enable midwives to work together towards the ICM campaigns to help improve maternity care, especially in countries where maternal and newborn mortality is high.
And last but not least, MIDIRS own mission to assist in the improvement of maternity care, is directly linked to the theme of both IDM and that of the Congress.
We will as always be giving both our full support.