The RCM celebrates International Day of the Midwife (IDM) on 5th May each year. On this day, designated by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), midwives from all the organisations affiliated to the ICM express worldwide solidarity and take action to highlight the knowledge and skills of midwives, and the contribution midwives make to the health of their nations. In the UK the RCM organises events both to support Safe Motherhood and to promote the midwifery profession both in the UK and worldwide.
The first International Day of the Midwife was launched in May 1991 with the theme "Towards safe birth for all by the year 2000". The theme for International Day of the Midwife each year until 2015 is The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever