The day is celebrated around the world to promote midwifery and achieve three objectives:
- Inform everyone with an interest in health and justice that midwives are crucial to reducing maternal and neonatal mortality
- Celebrate the achievements of midwives and progress made in improving maternal and neonatal care and midwifery services
- Motivate policymakers and decision makers to implement change by lobbying for adequate midwifery resources and recognition of the unique professional role of midwives.
In the free resource pack, available at www.internationalmidwives.org, ICM says: “Every May 5th, we dedicate one day to remind the world of these everyday achievements. On the International Day of the Midwife, we celebrate the successes of midwives and focus on recognising the importance of midwifery.
“It is also a day to reiterate and call attention to the improvements still needed to ensure that all women have access to a qualified midwife.”
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