Celebrating the International Day of the Midwife

Thursday 4 May 2017

A word from Sally Pairman, Chief Executive, International Confederation of Midwives

Midwives everywhere understand that by working in partnership with women and their families they can support them to make better decisions about what they need to have a safe and fulfilling birth.

A midwife supports a couple that has just had a baby.

It is evident that midwives deliver more than babies, in many instances they provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services and play a critical role in promoting health issues in their communities. As members of their communities midwives are familiar with community issues, cultures and challenges.

Working in partnership allows midwives and women to get to know each other and build trust and respect. Midwives can then provide individualised care that meets each woman’s needs, is culturally safe, includes the woman’s family and is therefore more likely to have a lasting impact. Access to a skilled midwife can help reduce and prevent deaths of more than 287,000 women who die while giving birth, those who are left with morbidities and 2.7 million newborns who die within the first 28 days of life because they have no mothers.