May 5 is the internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives. ICM established the idea of the ‘International Day of the Midwife’ following suggestions and discussion among Midwives Associations in the late 1980s, then launched the initiative formally in 1992.
The world will always need midwives, but we may have to fight for our
right to practice. The good news is that new research on the importance
of the microbiome bears witness to what midwives have always known:
How we are born matters! Our doula sisters have expanded women’s care
in recent decades, and so we welcome you, too! We plan to touch on all
of these issues and more in our conference, and we welcome you to be
part of this historic event.