Celebrating International Day of the Midwife 2013 – May 5

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International Day of the Midwife 2013

vidm poster-1The growing success of the International Day of the Midwife continues in 2013 with the new, interactive website and social media pages as powerful platforms to campaign globally to highlight the important role midwives play in the health of mothers and children.

What will be happening on IDM 2013? We are posting blogs on our website about midwives and their role in family planning and we will also have guest blogs from partner organizations. We are starting to change our appearance on social media to increase visibility. We are reaching out to the press and we will have a joint statement with UNFPA.

Other partners will publish their statements.

IDM will officially begin with the opening speech of ICM President at the Virtual International Day of the Midwife that goes on for 24hrs!!! On Monday, May 6th ICM and our partners will have a Twitter chat starting at 14 GMT. Join wherever you can to magnify our voice and make us heard all over the world!

This year the International Day of the Midwife theme will continue to be: The World Needs Midwives Now More than Ever!

This overarching theme and our sub theme that Midwives Save Lives¹ is increasingly relevant as the 2015 deadline for realising the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws ever closer.

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5th Annual Virtual International Day of the Midwife May 5th 2013

Welcome to the 5th Annual Virtual International Day of the Midwife (VIDM) which celebrates the International Day of the Midwife. This is a FREE ONLINE CONFERENCE which presents online events every hour for 24 hours on the 5th May – starting from 10.00 New Zealand time. All are welcome including midwives, students and anyone interested in birth and maternity care.

Click here to enter the virtual conference room.

To find out what time each session is in your part of the world, click onto the New Zealand time in the program.

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Joint statement from the United Nations Population Fund and the International Confederation of Midwives

Skilled midwives, with the equipment and support they need, can spell the difference between life and death for close to 300,000 Women each year, and ten times that many infants.

On this International Day of the Midwife, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), celebrate the work of midwives in contributing to the miracle of birth—and for the myriad other things they do every day to contribute to the wellbeing of mothers and children around the world. The tireless work of midwives is also a crucial step towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5, targets A and B, by 2015 and beyond.

In addition to their work, caring for women during and after childbirth, to ensure safe deliveries and providing essential newborn care, midwives provide a wide range of assistance in humanitarian emergencies. And they train and supervise community health workers to provide health information and promote safer practices.

Importantly, midwives are also key to ensuring universal access to voluntary family planning. This alone could help prevent 87 million unintended pregnancies—so many of which result in unsafe abortions in developing countries—and close to a third of all maternal deaths. About 222 million women want to delay or avoid pregnancies but lack the modern means to do so. Midwives’ invaluable counseling skills are instrumental in empowering young couples and women to make the decisions that are right for their particular situations.

Economic differences, inequalities in countries and inaccessibility of services in some areas contribute to a shortage of some 350,000 midwives at a time when the world needs midwives more than ever.

We urge all nations to work together to address the inequalities and inaccessibility of midwifery services. We encourage them to support quality training, innovative technologies and an enabling environment for midwives to match the vital role they play in communities and societies, especially in developing countries.

On this International Day of the Midwife, UNFPA and ICM reiterate their commitment to investments to strengthen quality midwifery, which will, in turn, promote healthier families, communities and nations.

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