05 May 2022

International Day of the Midwife - 05 May.

The medical profession of a midwife is celebrated every year on May 5. The goal of the observance is to draw attention to this field of health care and to attract more registered nurses to become midwives. Midwives are qualified health care providers who receive comprehensive training and must pass an examination to become certified. 

A midwife will:

  • Provide family planning and preconception care
  • Do prenatal exams and order tests
  • Watch physical and psychological health
  • Help make your birth plans
  • Advise about diet, exercise, meds, and staying healthy
  • Educate and counsel your pregnancy, childbirth, and neonatal care
  • Give emotional and practical support during labor
  • Admit and discharge patients from the hospital
  • Deliver babies
  • Make referrals to doctors when needed

Some of the first records of the occupation of midwife go back about 2,000 years before Christ. The actual word ‘midwife’ dates back to around 1300 and means together or alongside a woman (mid means ‘together with’, so ‘together with woman’).

The idea of having a day to recognize and honor midwives came out of the 1987 International Confederation of Midwives conference in the Netherlands. International Midwives’ Day was first celebrated May 5, 1991, and has been observed in more than 50 nations around the world.

Source: www.who.int

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