This Saturday, May 5 2012, is International Day of the Midwife. It’s the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the vital work that midwives do around the world each and every day.
Catherine, who works at a special care baby unit in Nigeria, gives an insight into one day in her life in this video:
Even in the most difficult circumstances, midwives everywhere are performing miracles to support safe deliveries and ensure that babies have the best start in life.
The world needs more midwives and governments need to do more to ensure that midwives everywhere are supported to do their jobs effectively.
Read our report Missing Midwives to learn more about the global shortage and the actions needed to address it.
British midwives help to Build it for Babies
This week I had the opportunity to meet up with a group of British midwives who are supporting our Build it for Babies campaign to raise funds for seven health clinics in Bangladesh.
It was impossible not to be impressed and inspired by the enthusiasm and commitment that each of the women had for providing the best possible care to mums and babies. Our discussion confirmed my assumption that being generally lovely must be part of a midwife’s job description.
Supporting midwives abroad
Watch our slideshow of midwives at work across the world:
What was even more amazing was to hear that not only do the midwives do an amazing job delivering babies in the UK, but many of them are also volunteering their time to train and support midwives in other countries too.
For many women in these countries only the most basic care is available at what can be the most dangerous time in the life of a mother and her newborn baby.
There’s a global shortage of at least 350,000 midwives and this means that many women and babies die from complications that could be easily prevented by a health worker with the right midwifery skills, equipment and support.
By supporting our Build it for Babies campaign you can help ensure that seven new maternal health clinics in the north east of Bangladesh are fully staffed.
By doing so, you’ll help more than 3,500 newborn babies each year survive their first crucial weeks of life.
You can also show your support for #midwives and other #healthworkers on May 5 (and every day!) through your social media channels.