International Midwives Day is celebrated each year on May 5. This is a chance for midwives to celebrates their profession and for all of us to recognize their work and contribution to maternal and new-born health.
Midwifery is a vital solution to the challenges of providing high-quality maternal and new-born care in all countries. On the International Day of the Midwife, 5 May, WHO/Europe reiterates that planned investments in the midwifery workforce are essential to ensure better health for all.
Midwifery is skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate care for childbearing women, new-born infants and families across the field throughout pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and the early weeks of life.
Strengthening the education and training of midwives is also key to addressing maternal and infant morality and facilitating positive experiences in the first 5 years of life. Fully educated and licensed midwives integrated into interdisciplinary teams can deliver about 90 percent of essential sexual, reproductive, maternal, new-born and adolescent health interventions across the life course.
More women would receive high-quality sexual and reproductive health care and rights if governments work towards optimizing and protecting the role of the midwife. Let us join forces on this occasion to recognize and show appreciation for their work and to advocate for strengthening the role of the midwife.
Importance of International Midwives Day
1. Midwives are real-life heroes
Midwives not only save lives but also provide a variety of other vital medical services as well as counselling.
2. Midwives are women’s right advocates
Midwives play a vital role in defending women’s right. They can help victims of gender-based abuse and assist in preventing female genital mutilation. The significance of their efforts should not be overlooked.
3. Midwives are important healthcare reminder
International Midwives’ Day strives to re-emphasize the importance of health systems all around the world. It also serves as a reminder to all stakeholders to pay attention and act.
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