International Day of the Midwife 2019

5 May 2019

IDM 2019 theme is : Midwives: Defenders of Women’s Rights

Midwives – and people with midwifery skills – are the main caregivers for women and their newborns during pregnancy, labour, childbirth and in the post-delivery period. Skilled midwives are the difference between life and death for hundreds of thousands of women and infants every year.

Each year since 1992, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) leads global recognition and celebration of the work of midwives, on the 5th of May.  Each year ICM comes up with a campaign theme to motivate its Member Associations, partners and stakeholders to raise awareness about the status of midwives and the essential care they provide to mothers and their newborns. 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.

Access the ICM IDM resource pack

For IDM, HNN welcomes contributions to our midwifery blog series: “Telling your story: Midwives who are making a difference in the world”.