The International Day of the Midwife (IDM) is celebrated on 5th May. The day is brought to us by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and this years theme is 'Follow the Data'.
Talk to any woman who has had the support of a midwife to delivery her child and you will undoubtedly hear only praise and thanks for this kind of support at what is often a difficult time for the birthing mother. But the fact is that there is a global shortage of midwives.
Today's International Day of the Midwife is about raising awareness of the importance of the role of the midwife in saving lives and improving maternal and newborn health. We hope that the videos demonstrate how data is helping transform care in Fife and that our individual stories bring help bring the data to life.
The state of the World's Midwifery report
This year, that positive contribution of the midwife is examined in the 2021 State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMY) Report, published on the Day of the Midwife itself (5th May). This report provides an updated evidence-based and detailed analysis of the positive impact of midwives on maternal and newborn health outcomes – something which all birthing mothers the world over instinctively know and routinely get to experience during childbirth.
NHS Fife and Day of the Midwife
NHS Fife shares contributions from our own dedicated Midwifery Team in a series of videos below. These videos cover many of the key issues around midwifery, and the challenges that this year's pandemic has had on the profession. Issues we look at are: how to continue to delivery training to midwives when it became clear that the pandemic was no short term issue, experiences of student midwives both as graduates and new starts, how to keep vital services and check ups going whilst maintaining safety and how existing digital services such as our Badgernet app came into their own and provided vital updates and contact throughout the pandemic.
Education and training during COVID-19
Senior Charge Midwife, Keya Smith, discusses the changes around education and training for midwives during the pandemic.
Investing in midwives and following the data
Midwife, Hannah Raine, interviews Badgernet Support Midwife, Elizabeth Cameron, about this year's International Day of the Midwife theme - following the data.
How Covid-19 has changed the role of the midwife
Liz Cameron, Senior Midwife, Badgernet discusses the impacts of the pandemic on midwifery services
The impact of COVID-19 on newly qualified midwives
Newly qualified Midwife, Joanne Dove, talks about COVID-19 and its impact on her graduation and entry to the workplace.
Home blood pressure monitoring
Midwife Sharron Field, talks about Home blood pressure monitoring.
Lived-experience litany poetry
Gathered thoughts of our birthing mothers
Again, in celebration of the International Day of the Midwife, we bring you this thoughtful piece from the Fife Home Birth Group, This video brings together the lived experience of Home Birth in verbal, written and image form. We refer to the resulting piece as 'Lived-experience litany poetry.
We hope that you have enjoyed listening to these contributions, brought to you by our Midwifery team.
We hope that you will visit the International Day of the Midwife webpages to learn more about the importance of our profession in the safety of maternal and child health. There are some basic key messages that we'd like you to take with you today.
The evidence is in: investing in midwives saves lives, improves health and strengthens health systems.
- Increased investment in midwives could save up to 4.3 million lives every
year by averting 67% of maternal deaths, 64% of neonatal deaths, and 65% of
- We are experiencing a global shortage of 900,000 midwives. Of the midwives
we do have, substantial barriers are preventing them from achieving their full
- The impact of midwives — 4.3 million lives saved. Every single year.
- It’s not just a matter of life or death. Midwives can improve health, too.
- Midwives could provide up to 90% of essential sexual, reproductive, maternal,
newborn, and adolescent health care across the lifespan. Despite this, they
currently account for less than 10% of the global SRMNAH care workforce.
- Investing in midwives leads to healthier families, more productive communities,
and more robust health systems.
- Midwives are critical – even and especially during a global pandemic
- Sadly COVID-19 has worsened the existing global shortage of midwives