World Midwives Day

International Day of the Midwife was first celebrated May 5, 1991, and has since been observed in over 50 nations around the world using the theme “Towards safe birth for all by the year 2000”.   The day was established to be celebrated on annual basis to fulfill the demand of following theme “The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever”.

World Midwives Day

International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) established the idea of the ‘International Day of the Midwife’ came out of the 1987 International Confederation of Midwives conference in the Netherlands. In 2014 it was celebrated in Iran and New Zealand among other places.

They celebrate this event throughout the week by participating in many activities. It is celebrated to highlight the importance of their role played in achieving the all over health of their nations. According to the statistics, it is noted that approximately 350 000 women are dying every year due to pregnancy hazards or during child birth, around 2 million newborns babies are dying just after their birth or within 24 hours of birth and around 2.6 million of the cases are stillbirths. Such death rates can be lessened and prevented by adding some precautions and safety measures to the pregnant women and new born babies.

In order to make some positive efforts towards the health of the nation, International Day of the Midwife has been started celebrating every year to increase awareness about the roles of midwives as well as to fulfill the increasing needs of more midwives all over the world. The universal efforts, of implementing well-educated and harmonious midwifery workforce in all the functioning health systems by availing proper equipments and other supplies, has been started to prevent up to 60% of the maternal and child death rates throughout the world.

As there is critical shortage of the skilled and energetic midwives on global basis, it is very necessary to fulfill the needs of health systems. Shortage of the skilled midwives is faced by all the countries due to many reasons such as insufficient training facility, poor workforce planning and management, low quality education system, no precaution measures for the midwives from HIV/AIDS and many more. International Midwives Day is celebrated to ensure the universal coverage of the maternity care by fulfilling the need of estimated (350 000) number of midwives globally.

A big step has been taken by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) to enhance collaboration among obstetricians, gynecologists and midwives in order to strengthen the midwifery all across the world. International Day of the Midwife is celebrated by the Virtual International Day of the Midwife (VIDM) by bringing together the midwives, consumers, students and others interested in the childbirth all across the globe.

During the celebration of the day, midwifery services are encouraged by enhancing the quality training, implementing innovative technologies, enabling required environment for the midwives to play vital roles in the particular community, society and thus in developing countries.

ICM affiliates midwives from all the organizations to its ICM express in order to develop harmony and improve the knowledge and skills of all the midwives. Varieties of events are organized during the celebration in order to support the “Safe Motherhood” as well as promote the midwifery profession throughout the world by increasing the awareness about their contributions.

In the years leading up to 2015, ICM is using the overarching theme “The World Needs Midwives Today More Than Ever” as part of an ongoing campaign to highlight the need for midwives. This reflects the WHO call for midwives and the need to accelerate progress towards MDGs 4 and 5.

Each year local midwives, Midwives Associations and supporters of midwifery globally develop their own keynote activities for the International Day of the Midwife to suit their  particular circumstances and resources. In 2014 midwives are encouraged to incorporate singing or music leading up to the world record of midwives singing together at the start of the ICM Triennial Congress in June.

Midwives are encouraged to let local or national media know about what they’re doing, well in advance, so that publicity can be gained as widely as possible. The International Day of the Midwife is an opportunity for every midwife to think about others in the profession, to make new contacts within and outside midwifery and widen the knowledge of what midwives do for the world!

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