International Midwives Day is an annual celebration held on May 5th of every year. Women at every stage of their life need extra care which is obviously true during their pregnancy, labor, and childbirth. There are professionals who take care of those women and they were none other than the midwives. They are the professionals in midwifery who take care of the women and their newborns during the pregnancy period, labor, childbirth, and even during the post-delivery period. The role of midwives and midwifery is incredible and is found to be an incomparable service. It is important to recognize all the midwives and their caretaking skills with a day on the calendar. Thus, International Midwives Day is a very special day that is set aside to celebrate all the midwives internationally and highlights their work skills.
“I’d be just as happy being a midwife. That’s my ideal job.” – Allison Anders
History of International Midwives Day
International Midwives Day has been celebrated since the year 1991. The Day is also termed the International Day of the Midwife. The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) has established this international day for midwives. Following the suggestions and discussion held in the 1980s by the Midwives Associations, the Day has been created. The idea to recognize and honor midwives with a Day came out at the International Confederation of Midwives conference held in 1987 in the Netherlands. ICM launched the Midwives Day initiative formally in the year 1992. Since then, Midwives Day has been observed in more than 50 nations around the world. The Day is an international celebration that recognizes and highlights the work of all midwives globally.
Every year ICM comes up with a campaign theme and thereby motivating a call to action to the people all over the world to get involved in this Day. The world focuses on and acknowledges the role of all the midwifery and midwives who are the main caregivers for the women. Midwives Day is the perfect time for all the midwives to think about the other professions and thereby make new contacts inside and outside of midwifery to spread the knowledge of the role played by them in the world. Midwives are everywhere who are working in cooperation with women and their families and providing support for them to make better decisions about what they actually want for a safe and fulfilling birth.
A midwife is a professional in midwifery who is practicing in pregnancy, childbirth, newborn care, postpartum, and women’s sexual and reproductive health. A person is called a midwife once on successful completion of the midwifery education program. The term midwife has been derived from the Old English word mid, “with” and wif, “woman”, and it originally meant “with-woman.” i.e., a person who is with the mother or the woman during her childbirth. The word midwife is used to refer to both male and female midwives. A midwife will be practiced in any setting, and it may be the home, community, hospitals, clinics, or health units.
International Midwives Day Themes
- 2022 – Midwives: 100 years of progress.
- 2021 – Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives.
- 2020 – Midwives with women: celebrate, demonstrate, mobilize, unite – our time is NOW!
- 2019 – Midwives: Defenders of Women’s Rights
- 2018 – Midwives leading the way with quality care
- 2017 – Midwives: Making a difference in the world
- 2016 – Women and Newborns: The Heart of Midwifery
- 2015 – Midwives: for a better tomorrow
- 2014 – Midwives changing the world one family at a time
- 2013 – The world needs midwives now more than ever!/Midwives Save Lives
- 2012 – The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever
- 2011 – The first 5km of the Long Walk to Durban in South
- 2010 – The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever
- 2009 – The World Needs Midwives More Than Ever
- 2008 – Healthy Families – the Key to the Future
- 2007 – Midwives reach out to women – wherever they live
- 2006 – The World Needs Midwives – Now More Than Ever
- 2005 – The World Needs Midwives – Now More Than Ever
- 2004 – Midwives: a voice for healthy families
- 2003 – Leadership and key partnerships in midwifery actions achieve improved health for mothers and newborns
- 2002 – The World Needs Midwives – Now More Than Ever
- 2001 – The World Needs Midwives – Now More Than Ever
- 2000 – The World Needs Midwives – Now More Than Ever
- 1991 – Towards safe birth for all by the year 2000
Other Celebrations on May 5
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How to Celebrate International Midwives Day
Celebrating International Midwives Day is quite simple. Meet any midwives you know in person and appreciate their service. Recognize them, their work, and their support for women during their pregnancy and childbirth. Those women who have undergone safe labor can even thank their midwives who have taken care of them the most on this Day. Organize events and activities for the midwives to let them enjoy their own celebration Day. If you are a midwife yourself, then take this Day as the best time to extend your contact and make people around you realize your important role in society. Share your appreciation for the midwives on social media using the hashtag #MidwivesDay.
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