The 5th May 2020 theme for International Day of the Midwife is Midwives with women: celebrate, demonstrate, mobilise and unite – our time is NOW!
- Celebrating work by midwives
- Demonstrating through evidence the impact of midwives and the case for investing in midwives
- Mobilising midwives, midwives’ associations, women’s groups and the wider global community to advocate for midwife-led care, and
- Uniting midwives and women towards a common goal of gender equality.
2020 has also been designated by the World Health Organisation as International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Every day our midwives welcome just under 170 new pēpi into our world of Aotearoa (Midwifery Council, 2020). Midwives are at the birth of pēpi; in homes, primary maternity units, hospitals and stand alongside ngā māmā, ngā pāpā and whānau. Midwives are wise companions on a journey that begins in pregnancy, continues with the birth of pēpi and culminates when the māmā and her pēpi are transferred to well child care.
Throughout the year, there will be a concerted push to promote midwifery in Aotearoa, to upskill and inform people about aspects of midwifery; and to push for more education and employment options for the midwifery workforce.
This year’s theme for International Day of the Midwife “Midwives with women: celebrate, demonstrate, mobilise and unite – our time is NOW”, could not be more relevant and vital than it is today. Amid this COVID-19 global pandemic, midwives have risen to the challenge to support one another in the fight to protect ngā māmā me ngā pēpi. While times are tough, we need to be reminded of the overwhelming solidarity that has sprung from maternity units up and down the country, pulling all efforts to provide excellent care