- May 5 -

International Midwives' Day

Today is 'International Midwives Day'. The idea of having a day to recognize and honor 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 over 50 nations around...

International Midwives' Day

Today is 'International Midwives Day'. The idea of having a day to recognize and honor 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 over 50 nations around the world. Many areas around the world are having celebrations, sharing stories and taking a day to give thanks for midwives.
Thanks to all the midwives and student midwives who sacrifice so much to make normal births in all settings available to moms and babies and families!! Thank-you for your wonderful open hearts, loving and caring hands. Thanks to all doc's and Ob's who struggle inside the system to serve following the Midwives Model of Care.

The Midwives Model of Care includes:

- Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
- Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
- Minimizing technological interventions
- Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention

The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.

Midwives take a fundamentally different approach to prenatal care and labor and delivery from the more common medical model usually practiced by doctors. They create a partnership of care with the pregnant woman, providing information and recommendations, fostering respect and trust, minimizing interventions and referring women to obstetrical care when needed.

When asked what kind of a birth they want, many women will say they want to have one 'as naturally as possible.' Midwives allow women the best chance to meet that goal.
Source:
http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/intlMidwiferyDay.html

Categories:

More holidays on this day:

Cinco de Mayo
Kodomo no Hi - Children's Day (Japan)

You may also like...

Interesting events from Health category.

World Meningitis Day

World Meningitis Day was established as a day to raise awareness about this devastating and potentially life-threatening disease. On Tuesday 24 April 2012, the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) and its global members are encouraging individuals, families and communities to learn...

International Midwives' Day

Today is 'International Midwives Day'. The idea of having a day to recognize and honor 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 over 50 nations around...

International Nurses Day

A National Nurses Day was first planned in the early 1950's, but it was not until 1974 when the International Council of Nurses stated that May 12 was to be International Nurses Day. The 12th of May was chosen as this was the day in 1820 that Florence Nightingale was born. Florence...

World Sickle Cell Day

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is June 19. This annual event commemorates the date in 2008 when the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution recognizing sickle cell disease (SCD) as a public health concern. World Sickle Cell Awareness Day provides an opportunity to increase...

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. It engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by...

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of People with Disability (December 3) is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. It has been celebrated with varying degrees of success around the planet. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize...

Download KeepIn Calendar

Enjoy the interesting stories even on your phone or tablet