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Since it was launched in 1991, the International Day of the Midwife has fallen on 5th May, a day when midwives and the incredible work they do is celebrated across the world.

Each year, skilled midwives provide care to hundreds of thousands of women and newborns, yet still more than one third of all births take place without a midwife or other skilled health professional placing the health, and even the lives, of women and newborns at risk.

The theme for this year’s International Day of the Midwife is ‘Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life!’ As the International Confederation of Midwives states, ‘Midwives everywhere understand that by working in partnership with women and their families they can support them to make better decisions about what they need to have a safe and fulfilling birth’.

The Soapbox Collaborative has joined in the celebrations with our International Day of the Midwives PechaKucha event which was held last night at the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen. We heard from a variety of speakers who explored the social and cultural barriers women face accessing safe, clean care at birth in some of the most resource poor settings in the world. What this space for an update on this successful event.

Follow the hashtag #IDM2017 today on Twitter for more on International Day of the Midwife.