The World Health Organisation has declared 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
It's time to celebrate midwives in New Zealand and around the world, and the vital role they play in our healthcare system.
International Year of the Midwife
The International Year of the Midwife focuses on:
- Celebrating the work of midwives globally.
- Demonstrating through evidence the impact of midwives and the case for investing in midwives.
- Mobilising Midwives, midwives’ associations, women’s groups and the wider global community to advocate for midwife-led care.
- Uniting midwives and women towards a common goal of gender equality.
For more information, see the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) website.
Not only do we want to celebrate midwives and let New Zealanders know more about the profession, but we are also using 2020 to showcase midwifery as an incredibly worthwhile and rewarding career choice.
Impact of COVID-19
Midwives around the world have been part of the frontline response to COVID-19. In New Zealand community midwives continued to provide face-to-face care in women’s’ homes and services (such as home birth) that have been discontinued in other parts of the world. Hospital based midwives have worked to support their community midwifery colleagues, as well as working with the hospital multi-disciplinary teams to plan and provide care for women with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
Events that were planned to share the ICM themes of: Celebrate, Demonstrate, Mobilise and Unite have been cancelled, postponed to 2021 or celebrated virtually. The ICM Triennial Congress and the New Zealand College of Midwives Biennial National Conference where our midwives in New Zealand present research have been postponed to 2021.
International Day of the Midwife
Each year since 1992, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) has lead the global recognition and celebration of the work of midwives on 5 May. The theme in 2020 was midwives with women: celebrate, demonstrate, mobilise, unite – our time is now!
Video messages to our midwives
The 2020 International Day of the Midwife on 5 May fell during Covid-19 Alert Level 3 in New Zealand. This meant that celebrations for this event were virtual. Check out some of the video messages supporting and celebrating our midwives from around the country:
- A message to midwives – New Zealand College of Midwives
- International Day of the Midwife 2020 – Waitematā District Health Board
- 2020 Midwives Day – MidCentral District Health Board
- Celebrating midwives on International Day of the Midwife – Counties Manukau Health
- International Day of the Midwife – Taranaki region
- Celebrate our midwives – Lakes District Health Board
There are lots of people across New Zealand who want to show their support for all of our amazing midwives.