Today (Friday, 05 May) is the internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of carried out by midwives.
While there will be celebrations throughout the day with a number of events planned, the International Day of the Midwife (IDM) also carries a serious message about the important role these professionals play throughout the world.
The International Confederation of Midwives first established the idea of the International Day of the Midwife following discussion among Midwives Associations in the late 1980s, then launched the initiative formally in 1992.
Each year, the day gives an opportunity for midwives around the world to think about others in the profession, to make new contacts within and outside midwifery and widen the knowledge of what midwives do for the world.
Evelyn Frame, chief midwife, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “All our midwives work hard every day to ensure mothers and their families receive the quality care that they deserve and this year’s theme for IDM – Midwives, Mothers, Families: Partners for Life – reflects that.
“I’d like to thank all NHSGGC’s midwives for the incredible job they do every day and the positive impact they have on our mothers and families.
“IDM is a great time to focus on midwives and celebrate the great work, effort and advancements that have been done to continually make improvements for mums and their babies across NHSGGC.”
Some of the wide-ranging improvements across midwifery that have taken place include; the examination of the newborn now being carried out by midwives. Previously, this was carried out by another health professional away from the bedside and mother for a period of time. Now midwives providing this service means mum and baby can be cared for together and improves the continuity of care.
Evelyn added: “Being a midwife is a very privileged job. Welcoming a baby into your family is a major life event and it’s a huge honour to be a part of that.
“Being able to support a woman through her pregnancy, delivery and seeing the family at the end is an amazing thing to do and be a part of.”