International Day Of The Midwife 2020
Every year on May 5th, the International Day of the Midwife takes place. While you’d think it was an incredibly long-marked awareness day, it wasn’t made official until 1992, when it was launched formally by the International Confederation of Midwives. Themes for the day have included healthy families, newborn babies, partnerships between midwives and mothers, and leading the way with quality care.
The IDM encourages midwives to make the day and raise money for good causes, whether that’s by organising a concert or march, setting up a stall to educate others on midwifery, holding a meeting, or even inviting a celebrity, government minister or expert to speak or open an event.
There have been several different themes over the years for International Midwives’ Day. Typically, a new theme will be set every year. However, there have been some years whereby themes continue onto the next. Some of the themes we have seen so far include:
The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever
Midwives Changing the World One Family at a Time
Midwives: For a Better Tomorrow
Women and Newborns: The Heart of Midwifery
Midwives, Mothers, and Families: Partners for Life!
Midwives: Defenders of Women’s Rights
Irrespective of the theme, there are three main aims when it comes to International Midwives’ Day. So, let’s take a look at those aims of ICM:
Inform everyone with an interest in both justice and health that midwives are critical in lowering neonatal and maternal mortality and morbidity.
Celebrate the achievements of midwives, as well as their contribution to improving newborn, maternal, reproductive, and sexual health outcomes.
Motivate policymakers to implement change by recognizing the unique professional role of a midwife, as well as lobbying for adequate midwifery resources.
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OBJECTIVES OF IDM (International Day of the Midwife)
*On May 5th each year, midwives, women, girls, partners, and supporters of midwives and midwifery globally come together to celebrate the International Day of the Midwife with their own activities, driven by one strong, collective voice.
*However you decide to celebrate, ICM encourages you to include one or all of the following key objectives in your plan to ensure the greatest possible impact on this important day.