Hospiten tells us about the International Day of the Midwife
The International Day of the Midwife is celebrated every year on May 5. It was established by the United Nations with the aim of recognizing the value of midwives by highlighting the role they play in the health of mothers, children and their families.
This year, the International Confederation of Midwives proposed the theme “Together Again: From Evidence to Reality,” highlighting the fact that, after more than two years of global travel bans and restrictions, they are finally able to meet in person to recognize the evidence that supports their profession and the need to translate that evidence into improved respect, autonomy, and working conditions for midwives, as well as improved health outcomes for women and families.
The role of midwives is very important in today’s society. In fact, the presence of a midwife has been shown to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality. Worldwide, more than 340,000 women and more than 3 million children die each year from preventable complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
This highlights the importance of the profession, the shortage of midwives, and the need for more of them. They are key professionals in reducing maternal and newborn deaths and disabilities.
However, the role of a midwife is not limited to assisting a pregnant woman during childbirth, but goes much further. Midwives accompany women throughout their physiological health process, from adolescence to menopause, and in all aspects of sexual and reproductive health prevention and education.
It is therefore a profession dedicated to women throughout their lives. Midwives contribute to a better future by caring for women’s health.