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International Day of the Midwife 2018

International Day of the Midwife 2018

International Day of the Midwife (IDM) is a day when midwives across the globe celebrate what they do. Since it was first launched by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) in 1992, 5 May has been the internationally recognised day for spotlighting the work of midwives.  

Midwives around the world work hard every day to ensure mothers and their families receive the quality care that they deserve. We are inviting midwives, MSWs, student midwives, members of Trusts, RCM branches and Midwifery Societies across the UK to hold externally facing local events in support of IDM 2018, during the week leading up to and including 5 May 2018, to promote the work of midwives. The theme this year is ‘Midwives leading the way with quality care’.


We want you to take part, and here's how to:

We want all midwifes to celebrate IDM2018 and have come up with a few event ideas to get you thinking; please download these documents for event ideas and guidance on how to run a successful event (see below). The RCM is running two competitions for members to take part in, find out more information below. The full set of resources that are available to support you with planning your event is detailed at the bottom of the page.



The BEST IDM Event competition 2018

This RCM competition will be awarding prizes to the 'best dressed' IDM event. The competition will be judged on how well you use the RCM branding to decorate your event. Take a look at last year's entries to get ideas and start planning your event. There are cash prizes of £500 towards Branch funds up for grabs for each of the 13 regions in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Entries must be submitted by 9 May 2018, please see details on how to register your event below.

Find out more details and how to enter the competition here.


The Great Midwifery Cake Off 2018

If you love cake, be it making it, decorating it or simply eating it, then this event is for you. We are challenging our members to design midwifery themed cakes. Check out last year's entries for inspiration, and don't forget to tweet us a picture of your cake using the #IDM2018 hashtag so we can retweet it. We will be awarding the winner with a £200 individual prize. Entries must be submitted by 9 May 2018, please see details on how to register your event below.

Find out more details and how to enter the competition here.



Spread the word, celebrate and enjoy!

Get your tweet on! Use Twitter, Facebook or Instagram - there will be a high profile communications and social media campaign using this hashtag #IDM2018.

Note - It is important that you use social networking sites with a degree of caution – see your trust/university policy.


Register your event

Please let us know your contact details and information on your event so that we can promote it, and also support you with getting RCM staff attendance on the day. To register your event, please use the following Survey Monkey link.


  • guide for Branches, MSW Advocates, WPR’s and Midwifery Societies for getting active and planning events
  • Stuck for ideas? Our events and messaging Ideas Generator can be downloaded
  • Download our IDM promo poster 
  • Download your events invitation 
  • Download RCM bunting to decorate your event

  • Please use our social media IDM assets, Twitter and Facebook cover photo to create your own event pages
  • Download our social media placards below for your own special #IDM2018 photos to share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  1. I Love being a Maternity Support Worker
  2. I love being a Student Midwife
  3. I love being a Midwife
  4. I love my Midwife 
  • Workplace Reps and Branches can order merchandise through StoreFront, stocks are limited so please ensure you only order for the number expected at your event, information here. Event merchandise will be available from 9 April.
  • Any Midwifery Societies wishing to order merchandise for their event should contact their local RCM branch.
  • Can attend a local event? Participate in a The Virtual International Day of the Midwife (VIDM) is an annual online conference to celebrate IDM. Learn mere here


For more information please contact us on Idm.Events@rcm.org.uk or speak to your National/Regional Officer or Organiser for support.