International Day of the Midwife 2011

Around the world, midwives, mothers and partners celebrated the 5th of May this year as the International Day of the Midwife (IDM) 2011.

The International Confederation of Midwives began IDM to raise awareness of the global role of midwives in reducing maternal and newborn child mortality. As the cut-off date for achieving the Millenium Development Goals approaches, and maternal mortality rates remain high, it is clear to see that The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever.

International Day of the Midwife 2011: ICM President's Message
Watch the video message from ICM President Bridget Lynch in Afghanistan
Feliz dia internacional de la matrona! Un mensaje de nuestra Presidenta

International Day of the Midwife 2011 - Listen to the ICM Secretary General's Message for UN Radio



The Road to Durban

This year ICM will hold its 29th Triennial Congress in June in Durban, South Africa. In the build-up to this global midwifery event, ICM calls on all its member associations, partners and the midwives and mothers of the world to walk 5 kilometres to raise awareness of the importance of midwives as part of the Road to Durban.

IDM 2011 Posters

Download a blank poster for your local IDM activities here

 Download the IDM 2011 general poster.


IDM 2011 Resources

ICM has developed an information pack to help midwives around the world to raise awareness of midwifery issues, plan and promote local activities and provide ideas for celebrating the International Day of the Midwife 2011:

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International Day of the Midwife

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