The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is calling on governments worldwide to protect women and midwives during the coronavirus pandemic.
The statement, released on International Day of the Midwife (5 May 2020), calls on governments to ensure equitable availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) for midwives regardless of their working environment, alongside training on how to use PPE effectively.
It also calls on governments to include midwives in policy, decision-making, planning and response to covid-19.
The ICM statement says pregnant women and their babies should also be protected, with the right to a positive birthing experience.
It also asks for direct funding to maternal health services to ensure protection for vulnerable communities.
Chief Executive of RCM, Sally Pairman, said: “Midwives around the world are becoming ill and some are dying as a result of covid-19, further aggravating the human rights violations midwives already experience and resulting in compromised safety of birthing mothers and their newborns and families.
“Life continues in a pandemic, women still birth their babies, and midwives are essential to optimise this everyday experience and to keep mothers and babies healthy and safe. Midwives must also be kept healthy and safe.
“We call on governments and global leaders to immediately implement the calls to action we’ve shared today in conjunction with our partners in maternal health.”
The call to action statement can be found
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