Valerie Gommon Midwife’s Blog

International Day of the Midwife

Posted on: May 5, 2009

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is responsible for the organisation of the International Day of the Midwife, which is held annually on 5 May.  Each year has a different theme, decided in advance by the ICM Triennial Congress.  Midwives from all the organisations affiliated to the ICM express worldwide solidarity and take action to highlight the knowledge and skills of midwives, and the contribution midwives make to the health of their nations. In the UK the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) organises events both to support Safe Motherhood and to promote the midwifery profession both in the UK and worldwide.

The first international day of the midwife was launched in May 1991 with the theme “Towards safe birth for all by the year 2000”, this year’s theme is “The world needs midwives now more than ever” – see previous posting

A reminder that local Independent Midwives will be in-store at the Nursery Department, John Lewis plc, Central Milton Keynes on Saturday 9th May between 10am and 4 pm to celebrate International Week of the Midwife. They will be available to answer any questions on pregnancy, birth and early parenting including breastfeeding.  More details can be found at

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