The World Health Organisation, UN agencies and other international agencies all agree that Midwives are the key to achieving reductions in maternal and new-born deaths and disabilities.
Globally, over 340,000 women and almost three million infants die as a result of preventable pregnancy and childbirth complications each year.
Most of these deaths would be prevented if there were enough qualified and adequately resourced midwives. There is substantial evidence to support the fact that Midwives save lives.
International Day of the Midwife was first celebrated May 5th 1991, and has since been observed in over 50 nations around the world. However my colleagues are spending the day, at work or at home, or attending one of the many events over the weekend. I wish you a happy day.