International Midwives Day

The International Day of the Midwife (May 5) is an occasion to celebrate and promote the profession of midwifery.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises midwives as the health professionals best able to deliver safe, cost effective maternity services to the majority of families.

A midwife is educated to give all necessary care throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the newborn period and believe that childbirth is a normal and significant life event for women and their families.

IDM is an occasion for every individual midwife to think about the many others in the profession, to make new contacts within and outside midwifery and widen the knowledge of what midwives do for the world.

Ways to Celebrate

The aim of the day is to celebrate midwifery and to bring awareness of the importance of midwives work to as many people as possible. This is achieved in many different ways according to what works best in each country. Examples of ways in which midwifery associations mark the day include:

The Australian College of Midwives

The Australian College of Midwives is a national, not-for-profit organisation that serves as the peak professional body for midwives in Australia.

The College provides a unified political voice for the midwifery profession, supports midwives to reach their full potential, and sets professional practice and education standards.

The College is committed to be the leading organisation shaping Australian maternity care, to ensure the best possible maternity outcomes for all Australian women.

What does the College do?

We advocate for Midwives through:
We support Midwives professional development through:

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