Midwives set to celebrate International Day of the Midwife in style

By RCM on 13 April 2018 Midwives Student midwives Safe high quality care MSWs - Maternity Support Workers IDM - International Day of the Midwife

Members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) including midwives, maternity support workers (MSWs) and student midwives from across the UK are preparing to celebrate International Day of the Midwife (IDM) on May 5th in style.

The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Midwives leading the way with quality care’ and the RCM is supporting RCM branches and midwifery societies to hold events and activities to mark this special global day of midwifery celebration.

In Sheffield up to 90 midwives have planned a ‘Call the midwife’ themed bike ride and will cycle a four mile route to help raise ten thousand pounds to fund three new birthing pools at the Jessop Wing maternity unit.  To support this event, midwifery students from Sheffield Hallam University have organised a refreshment stop halfway round the route. 

Other IDM activities and events registered so far include everything from Caring For You tea parties to trolley dashes, study days, and a netball and networking event to name just a few

Also, returning again this year is the RCM’s hugely popular competition for members The Great Midwifery Cake Off* which is a chance for any members who have a flair for baking to get creative and bake their own midwifery inspired cake.

Commenting, Denise Linay Head of Organising and Engagement at the RCM says; “Midwives, MSWs and student midwives work tirelessly everyday to deliver safe high quality care to women, their babies and families and International Day of the Midwife gives us a real opportunity to celebrate that.

“Many midwives and MSWs have already registered their IDM events with the RCM and everything from tea parties to call the midwifethemed bike rides have been organised. So if you are planning to celebrate IDM, there is still plenty of time to get in touch and tell what your branch is planning to do. All events no matter how large or small will be supported in someway by the RCM.

“Some of our members on IDM will reunite with the women they cared for along with the babies they delivered and given that this year’s theme focuses on quality of care I think that these type of events no matter how large or small are very fitting.

“The RCM has also created a really useful resource pack that is available on our website which will help you to get started on planning your event.”

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Notes to editors

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