Midwives play a crucial role alongside women during childbirth. They provide a unique set of life-saving services for mothers and babies, and are trained with an emphasis on supporting natural births.
Midwifery is important because it can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. A confident, competent and compassionate midwife empowers and encourages women to welcome their children safely and positively into the world.
Research has shown that women who have access to a midwife experience fewer preterm births, fewer labor interventions and shorter hospital stays.
So today, on the International Day of the Midwife, let's recognize their incredible work and call on our leaders to invest in their potential.