Did you know: When a midwife cares for you, you are:
?? More likely to have a vaginal birth
?? Less likely to have a premature birth
?? More likely to have a positive postpartum experience
Happy #IDM2023! #EvidencetoReality
A note on the theme: We’ve given both the 33rd ICM Triennial Congress (June 11-14) and #IDM2023 the same theme to underscore our excitement at finally being able to meet face-to-face after more than two years of lockdowns and global travel restrictions. Through this theme, we also want to acknowledge the evidence supporting our profession, and the need to turn this evidence into improved respect, autonomy and working conditions for midwives and improved health outcomes for women and families.
Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), meaning 2023 is the first year of our new century – one that will undoubtedly see major developments for midwives and midwifery. If we want to ensure midwives have the resources and support to lead these developments, we need to leverage moments like International Day of the Midwife (IDM) to garner attention for our life-enhancing work and ensuring that midwives have the resources to fulfil the full scope of midwifery care.
In our respective roles as President and Chief Executive and in our careers as midwives and gender equality advocates, we’ve seen how pivotal IDM has become in advancing our collective demand for greater investment in midwives and midwifery. We’ve also seen how important it is to include voices from outside of the midwifery workforce in promoting and celebrating midwifery, specifically, the voices of the women and families we care for. That’s why, this year’s #IDM2023 resource pack is designed to encourage everyone to contribute to our advocacy efforts.
With this in mind, we’ve done things a bit differently this year, adding two new components to our IDM celebration – an IDM contest that encourages collaboration between midwives and women, and a new member zone for our MAs to share and promote their IDM events and initiatives. We’re confident that the prize for the IDM contest is one midwives will really appreciate.
As always, the IDM resource pack contains the advocacy messages and graphics midwives and their associations require to celebrate IDM both online and in-person. We’ve also included an invitation to the ICM-hosted digital celebration which will take place twice on 5 May 2023, to accommodate midwives’ associations across all time zones.
So, here’s to #IDM2023! We are so proud to be working alongside you, our global midwifery community. We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments on IDM, and at the 33rd ICM Triennial Congress in Bali where we’ll finally be together again. ?
In marking Dr. Franka Cadee’s final year as President, we wanted to know her favourite IDM memory – this is what she shared with us:
Because a significant portion of my six-year presidency overlapped with COVID-19 pandemic, I spent the past few IDMs marking our special day in front of a computer screen. And while nothing compares to the electricity of in-person gatherings of midwives, I was amazed that the passion and resilience of our community transcended the limitations of Zoom – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the IDMs I spent dancing and singing from the comfort of my home, with midwives from around the world. During these celebrations, the fighting spirit of midwives always prevailed as MAs shared with each other best practices for providing care amidst a global pandemic and the challenges of working within health systems that deprioritised SRH services and birth in favour of the COVID-19 response. We heard stories from midwives about their efforts to carry on standing with women even while they were themselves were not adequately protected against the pandemic. This once again showed me how strong our bonds are and how much we have overcome through the centuries. I can’t wait to see midwives embracing each other again on IDM this year, and then shortly after that, at the 33rd ICM Triennial Congress in Bali.
In celebration of #IDM2023, we want to switch things up and provide women and other birthing people with the opportunity to thank and honour a midwife in their life.
From 15 February to 1 May 2023, we’re asking anyone with a midwife in their life to post a photo of that midwife on Instagram along with a brief description of why that midwife deserves a five-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Bali, Indonesia and free access to the 33rd ICM Triennial Congress (June 11-14).
Whether you work with a midwife, have used midwifery services or have a midwife friend or relative, we encourage you to enter the contest for a chance to provide this special person in your life with the experience of a lifetime!
The winner of the Bali prize pack will be announced during our IDM event on 5 May 2023 (details below).
ICM represents over 140 midwives’ associations (MAs) across more than 120 countries. From parades to pop-up midwifery clinics, many of our associations host their own IDM celebrations and we’re excited to provide our community with a platform to promote their fantastic events and initiatives.
This year, ICM launched a revised Membership Benefits package, outlining how becoming a member association of the International Confederation of Midwives entitles you to a long list of exclusive benefits. These benefits focus on professional development, networking, leadership opportunities, association support and funding, and much more.
Find out how to take advantage of these diverse benefits to enhance the knowledge of your Association and your members, advance the midwifery profession, and champion evidence in public policy.
Do you know what a midwives’ association can gain by being a member of ICM? @world_midwives
Find out how to take advantage of membership benefits that enhance the knowledge of your association, advance the midwifery profession, and champion evidence in public policy.