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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE MIDWIFE 2021
Follow the data, invest in midwives – that’s the theme of the 2021 International Day of the Midwife, and it is through this lens that ICM will lead the ongoing and growing efforts to centre midwives as fundamental to ending preventable maternal and newborn death and achieving SDG 3.1 (reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100 000 live births by 2030).
This year’s IDM will also coincide with the launch of the State of the World’s Midwifery Report — an updated evidence base and detailed analysis of the midwifery workforce across the globe. The report will be leveraged by ICM and its global and regional partners as well as midwives’ association to stimulate policy dialogue and inform policy change. With these goals in mind, this year’s IDM represents a pivotal opportunity to ensure SoWMy and other evidence on the impact of midwives is clearly communicated and widely circulated amongst global and national decision-makers.
ICM typically prepares an IDM toolkit to support its members and partners in advocating for midwives and the women, newborns and communities they care for. This year, we’re taking a different approach with our toolkit and are in the process of developing an entirely new platform to engage our global midwife community in the evidence that supports their profession. This Global Midwife Hub, scheduled to be launched shortly before IDM, will include comprehensive advocacy support for midwives and an online data resource that allows for knowledge sharing and community collaboration to promote autonomous midwives. The Global Midwives Hub will feature data collected from a number of sources, including SoWMy.
Until this new platform is ready to be shared, please reference the below resources to inform your IDM advocacy efforts:
- The newly released Impact of Midwives study, led by UNFPA, ICM and the World Health Organization (WHO)
- UNFPA infographics on the Impact of Midwives
- Impact of Midwives launch event, featuring key quotes from global leaders on the life-saving impact of midwives