May 2015- a time for celebration- a time of birth and the dawn of the summer. What better time to reflect upon midwives and midwifery.
MIDIRS Principal Editor, Cathy Ashwin, talks about International Day of the Midwife (IDM), in a short video which encapsulates what IDM is all about and how MIDIRS is supporting the day.
International Day of the Midwife
In times of financial constraints and uncertainty the progress of midwifery as a whole can be sometimes overshadowed. However, the International Day of the Midwife (IDM) on 5th May, reminds us of all the good things that are happening and reinforces the unity of midwives in working together to share in the common goal of improving the lives of women, babies and families through pregnancy and childbirth.
MIDIRS is not letting the day go unnoticed. Thanks to the enthusiasm and innovation of Michelle Anderson, a short film is to be released #ItsAllAbout, which celebrates what it means to be a midwife. Comprised of video clips from around the world, and submitted by midwives and students, the response to this idea has been overwhelming, again demonstrating the unity and passion for midwifery by midwives. Visit our website on 5th May to view the film.
The IDM was first considered in the early 1980s by the Association of Midwives and subsequently established by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) with the inaugural launch on 5th May 1992. The ICM requested that on this day the world would focus on the role of the midwife and midwifery, considering the attributes and challenges in equal measures.
Each year a different campaign has been launched which encourages involvement from all. In recent years the theme has been encompassed within the title ‘The world needs midwives more today than ever’. This theme sits well with the WHO Millenium Development Goals (MGD) 4 and 5 and is part of a campaign to highlight the needs of mothers.
As part of the IDM celebrations midwives are encouraged to make it a special day by organising activities to raise the profile of midwives and drawing attention to midwifery in a positive way. An example of such activities is the RCM cake baking contest, where people can vote via Facebook for the best entry (also raising funds for the ICM). The RCM is also holding a one day conference in Edinburgh. Other conferences and events are being held worldwide. Kingston University is also holding a one day conference entitled ‘The Bright Future of Midwifery’ and Nottingham University will be celebrating with an evening event on 5th May.
Have a great day and spread the word!