Today marks International Day of the Midwife, an annual opportunity to celebrate the crucial role of midwives around the world.
The theme this year is, ‘Midwives; leading the way with quality care’. Delivery related infection is estimated to take the lives of one mother or baby every minute. Skilled midwives provide clean, safe care to hundreds of thousands of women and newborns before, during, and after delivery, making their role essential to saving lives. The Soapbox Collaborative work in low- and middle-income settings in Africa and Asia with midwives and other health facility professionals to identify simple, low-cost solutions for safe, clean birth.
We were delighted to attend Robert Gordon University’s International Day of the Midwife conference which saw midwifery students coming together to ‘Celebrate Global Midwifery’. The speakers included Mary Ross-Davie of the Royal College of Midwives, who opened the conference with discussions about continuity of carer and the incredible progress which midwifery has made in the past few decades to make birth safer for every woman and newborn.
The conference was a fantastic opportunity to learn from all corners of the world as we heard from student experiences in the Netherlands and Tanzania, to midwifery practice in Ireland, Australia, Iran, and India. The range of topics discussed created an inspiring, united atmosphere of celebration and encouragement to continue the work towards respectful, quality midwifery care.
Thanks to the Robert Gordon University midwifery students and staff for hosting such an engaging event, and to everyone that visited our stand to find out more about our work.
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Thanks to the RGU Midwifery students for the photos!