International Day of the Midwife is observed globally on 5 May every year since 1992. This day is celebrated to recognise the work of midwives and raise awareness about the status of midwives for the essential care they provide to mothers and their newborns.
The theme for 2021 International Day of the Midwife is “Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives.”
History of the day:
The idea of having a day to recognize and honour 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.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- International Confederation of Midwives President: Franka Cadee;
- International Confederation of Midwives Headquarters: Hague, Netherlands.