Midwives marching for International Midwives’ Day Veronica Hall, Dawn Shalom, Kathy Preston, Janet Coll and Tricia Russell.
Midwives marching for International Midwives’ Day Veronica Hall, Dawn Shalom, Kathy Preston, Janet Coll and Tricia Russell. Renee Pilcher

Vital work of midwives highlighted

A GROUP of Gympie midwives stepped out yesterday to celebrate International Midwives’ Day.

They said the aim of their walk was to bring awareness of the vital work midwives perform.

This year’s theme is ‘the world needs midwives more than ever now’.

Australia is fortunate to have a world-class maternity system with excellent outcomes for Australian women and their babies.

However, globally more than 340,000 women die each year – with millions more suffering infection and disability – as a result of preventable maternal causes and the lack of a midwife to attend them.

The world needs midwives more than ever and International Day of the Midwife raises awareness that access to essential midwifery services reduces maternal and infant mortality and reduces the cycle of poverty in developing countries.

Midwives deliver not only babies, but also save lives and promote good health in society.

International Midwives’ Day was first celebrated on May 5, 1991, and has since been observed in over 50 nations around the world.

The idea of having a day to recognise and honour midwives came out of the 1987 International Confederation of Midwives conference in the Netherlands.