May 5 is the internationally recognized day for highlighting the work of midwives. ICM established the idea of the 'International Day of the Midwife' following suggestions and discussion among Midwives Associations in the late 1980s, then launched the initiative formally in 1992.
The International Day of the Midwife 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 to widen the knowledge of what midwives do for the world.
The theme of IDM 2016 is 'Women and Newborns: The Heart of Midwifery'. Midwives around the world work hard every day to ensure women and newborns receive the quality care that they deserve.
Let’s use this important day to share the essential services midwives provide - we must ensure every woman and every newborn has timely access to the best possible care before, during and after pregnancy and child birth.