Midwives Information & Resource Service (MIDIRS) is pleased to announce their support for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Year of the Nurse and Midwife campaign.
The year-long celebration has been created by WHO and partners including the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), International Council of Nurses (ICN), Nursing Now and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Across the year, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and MIDIRS will be celebrating the year through a wide range of campaigns and activities, as well as knowledge sharing on social media using the official hashtags #SupportNursesandMidwives and #Midwives2020.
Speaking about the Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020, Head of MIDIRS Dr Cathy Ashwin said: “Midwives contribute to so many women’s experiences in childbirth, improving the lives and health of families through providing support and high-quality evidence-based care.
“It is fitting to celebrate the work we do through the Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020.”
As part of the campaign, RCM has called on governments worldwide to invest maternity services properly to honour Year of the Midwife.
The RCM sees the WHO-designated campaign as an opportunity for those funding and commissioning services to prioritise maternity services, from supporting those starting their midwifery career to championing midwifery leadership.
Chief Executive of the RCM, Gill Walton, said: “An investment in maternity services is an investment in the wellbeing of women. We want every pregnant woman to have access to good maternity services, staffed by qualified midwives and maternity support workers (MSWs).
“Currently, though, too many trusts and health boards are running with midwife vacancies, putting pregnant women and their babies at risk. We have to address this, not only by training more midwives but by ensuring that we retain those already practising.”
According to WHO, 18 million more health workers are needed to achieve and sustain universal health coverage by 2030. Approximately half of this shortfall are midwives and nurses.
More midwives could also avert over 80% of all maternal deaths, stillbirths and neonatal deaths.
More information about the Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020, and how to get involved, can be found here.
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