Thank you for joining us at our IDM Virtual Party!

Thank you for joining us at our IDM Virtual Party!

資料發佈日期: 2021/05/17



Thank you to everyone who joined us last week, Wednesday (5th May), as we celebrated International Day of the Midwife with five IDM Virtual Parties (three in English, one in Spanish and one in French). Each party was hosted by various ICM Board Members and attended by members of the ICM Head Office team and midwives from various ICM member associations from across the globe. 

Each IDM event was unique, but one key theme was that neither time nor distance can separate the unity of midwives and the unique atmosphere that we create when we gather as a collective. Thank you to all the midwives who volunteered to speak at our IDM celebrations and responded to the statement: "midwives matter because...". The answers were incredible — some made us laugh, others made us shed a tear, but every answer reminded us why we became a midwife and why midwives matter.  

If you could not attend one of the parties, the above video is an IDM message to our members from our President, Dr. Franka Cadée, that featured at each party (subtitles are available in English, French & Spanish).  


This year’s International Day of the Midwife coincided with the launch of The State of the World's Midwifery 2021 (SoWMy), co-led by ICM, UNFPA and WHO. The SoWMy 2021report builds on previous reports in the SoWMy series and represents an unprecedented effort to document the whole world’s Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Adolescent Health (SRMNAH) workforce, with a particular focus on midwives.  

The world is currently facing a shortage of 900,000 midwives, representing a third of the required global midwifery workforce. The pandemic has only exacerbated this crisis as governments across the world battle COVID-19 and its impacts. Essential maternal and newborn health services have been deprioritised, resulting in funding and personnel transferred away from essential services, depleting resources for critical maternal and reproductive services. The Impact of Midwives report conducted for SoWMy, shows that fully resourcing midwife-delivered care by 2035 could avert 67 per cent of maternal deaths, 64 per cent of newborn deaths, and 65 per cent of stillbirths. It could save an estimated 4.3 million lives per year. 

The SoWMy 2021 report calls for urgent investment in midwives to enable us to fulfil our potential to contribute towards universal health care and the Sustainable Development Goal agenda. 


We'll continue the dialogue around SoWMy 2021 and the urgent need for greater investment in midwives at our upcoming Virtual Triennial Congress, taking place every Wednesday in June.  

The preliminary programme is already published and promises to be a virtual experience unlike any other! The Congress programme is designed to accommodate several time zones. 

See the Programme at a glance to convert to your time zone >> 

Not able to attend live? 
Remember that the recordings will be available to all those registered for two months after the Congress completes.  


More than ever, midwives and their life-saving work are being acknowledged in media stories and at global events and conferences. This is a small but notable step toward a world where midwives are well-resourced, adequately compensated and the decision-makers of their own profession. 

We are taking this plenary session to analyse and understand that growing momentum. This panel discussion will feature renowned journalists who’ve devoted their careers to covering maternal health and sexual and reproductive health issues. It will explore prominent industry stories from the past year and consider how storytelling can be used as a vehicle for change and policy reform. 

Stay tuned for more information on our panelists.  

Are you ready for VTC? Share on social>> 

It is time we share our stories. It’s time we empower ourselves to advocate.


In February this year, we launched our Midwives in Focus photo contest - a joint initiative of ICM, Jhpiego, UNFPA and MOMENTUM. Contest entrants had to submit photos illuminating the ways midwives make an impact to stand a chance of becoming one of the FIVE Grand Prize Winners taking home $400 (USD) or a GoPro or an iPad. 

We received hundreds of photos shining a spotlight on all that midwives do — With submissions from every corner of the globe, it was extremely difficult for our judges to choose from so many powerful images. The video above showcases our #MidwivesInFocus grand prize winners – five deserving photos from five talented photographers!  


IDM might be over, but our 'Midwives matter because…' survey is still ongoing. This year on IDM, our theme and call to action was Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives — but data is simply a collection of numbers until you create a compelling narrative. Stories connect people, build trust, and encourage meaningful connections. That's why we are asking midwives and midwife-advocates around the world to fill in a short survey and complete one simple sentence/short paragraph — 'Midwives matter because…'. On IDM the ICM Head Office team took to social media to share their responses to 'Midwives matter because…', the video above shows some of the highlights. 

The responses we collect may be featured on our social media channels, website or newsletter and, most importantly, will be used in our continued advocacy efforts at ICM. So what are you waiting for? Stand up and be counted, and tell us why midwives matter. 

Nursing News | Uganda’s pioneer midwife meets HRH >> 
DEVEX | Opinion: Policymakers must do more to support midwives like me >> 
Telegraph | Global lack of midwives leads to 4.3 million deaths of mothers and babies every year >> 
France Bleu | A day "without a midwife" this Wednesday to ask for more recognition >> 

Every month, our Board prepares a briefer to keep our global midwife community informed about its activities and the strategic direction of ICM. This month's briefer was prepared by ICM Vice President, Sandra Oyarzo Torres and Treasurer, Vitor Varela.

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