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International Midwives Day 2020 Highlights The Importance Of Midwives: Know Theme, Objectives, History And Much More

International Midwives Day 2020 Highlights The Importance Of Midwives: Know Theme, Objectives, History And Much More
International Midwives Day 2020: This day recognises the work of midwives for a mother and her newborn

Highlights

  1. International Midwives Day is observed on May 5th each year
  2. Midwives ensure that women and their babies receive care
  3. This day celebrates the achievements and contributions of midwives

International midwives day is observed on May 5th each year to highlight their important role in the society. This day appreciates the work of midwives in reducing maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Every year the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) comes up with a campaign theme to raise awareness about the status of midwives and the essential care they provide to mothers and their newborns. This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this day will be celebrated with online campaigns #IThank and #IDM2020 to give recognition to the work of midwives.

According to WHO, Midwives play an instrumental role to introduce women to the health system and ensure that women and their babies receive a continuum of skilled care during pregnancy, childbirth, and in the important days and weeks after birth. According to the 2011 State of the World's Midwifery report, up to 3.6 million deaths could be avoided each year if midwifery services are upgraded.

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International Midwives day 2020: Theme, significance and history

International Confederation of Midwives marked May 5 to recognise and celebrate the work of midwives with the celebration of International Midwives Day.

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International Midwives Day 2020: Midwives play an important role for the mother and the new born
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Theme of the internationals midwives day 2020 is ''Celebrate. Demonstrate. Mobilise. Unite.' According to ICM, this theme will focus in more depth on how midwives and women can partner together to mobilise and unite toward a shared goal of gender equality.

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Objectives of midwives day-

1. Inform every individual about the important role of midwives for pregnant women and her baby.

2. Celebrate the achievements and contributions of midwives in the health sector.

3. Motivate policymakers to ensure resources to midwives and to give them the deserved recognition.

Also read: World Health Day 2020 Honours Nurses And Midwives: Here's Everything You Need To Know

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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About The Campaign

NDTV in partnership with UBER is launching a sustained campaign 'Roshan Dilli'  to try and raise safety standards in India's capital, New Delhi.

Our focus is to try and improve lighting in public spaces in the city. Lighting is a key factor in shaping women's perceptions of safety

The initiative will provide a platform for all stakeholders to discuss our goal of improving safety standards, to start a conversation about safety of women in the country

It will also highlight various interventions and solutions that help to make women safe and put the spotlight on what more can be done.

The campaign will accentuate the need for Safety to be a shared responsibility

The need for gender sensitization and how law enforcement and civil society through checks and education can try and make women safer

We hope you will join us and help make New Delhi a safer city for women.

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