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Midwives: changing the world one family at a time

Good maternity care has far reaching effects for families, communities and the wider economy. Internationally, midwives will be celebrating International Day of the Midwife on 5 May with the theme “Midwives: changing the world one family at a time”.

Kiwi midwives will join the celebrations with events throughout the country, and invite everyone to join them in recognising the immense value of good maternity care. This year’s theme reflects the view that the care provided for mothers and babies by midwives ensures that women are healthy, and so contributes to strong communities and economies.

Worldwide, approximately 290,000 women die each year as a result of pregnancy and childbirth complications and 3 million infants  die within the first month of life. If every childbearing woman received care from a well educated and resourced midwife, many maternal and newborn deaths could be prevented. New Zealand has a well developed maternity system and a highly educated and skilled midwives which contributes to our low levels of infant and maternal mortality. Midwives play a vital part in supporting families through the care they provide during pregnancy, birth and after a baby is born.

So drop your midwife a note on Monday and wish them "Happy Midwife Day!".