International Day of the Midwife

May 5 is the internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives


Each year since 1992, ICM leads global recognition and celebration of the work of midwives, on the 5th of May.  

Each year ICM comes up with a campaign theme to motivate its Member Associaiotns, partners and stakeholders to raise awareness about the status of midwives and the essential care they provide to mothers and their newborns.  

IDM 2019 theme was: Midwives: Defenders of Women's Rights

Meet our #IDM2019 champions 

In the spirit of the chosen IDM theme, we asked our members to nominate midwives who were defending women's and midwives' rights.

We picked the below champions who are pushing the gender envelop in their communities of work.

Read their full stories here



 See the full IDM 2019 Resource Pack in EnglishFrench and Spanish

Pictures from our member associations celebrating IDM 2019



More photos can be found here.


Past IDM themes

IDM 2018: Midwives leading the way with quality care 

IDM 2017: Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life!

IDM 2016: Women and Newborns: The Heart of Midwifery

IDM 2015: Midwives: For a Better Tomorrow 

IDM 2014: Midwives Changing the World One Family at a Time

IDM 2013: The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever

IDM 2012: The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever

IDM 2011: The first 5km of the long Walk to Durban in South

IDM 2010: The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever

IDM 2009: The World Needs Midwives More Than Ever

IDM 2008: Healthy Families – the Key to the Future






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