International Day of the Midwife

International Day of the Midwife is the day for communities around the world to recognise and celebrate the important role midwives play helping women and families navigate pregnancy and the transition to parenthood. Midwifery is one of the oldest professions in the world, ever changing with new evidence, but grounded by the central enduring skill of building a connection with the woman. We urge you to reflect on May 5. Join a walk or take a walk by yourself and think about the privileged and challenging career you’ve chosen.

Continuity of midwifery care is the gold standard of maternity care in Australia. Care from the one known midwife is known to result in better maternal satisfaction with their birth experience, greater likelihood of carrying to term, greater chance of breastfeeding successfully, better outcomes for babies (less babies die!) and it all costs the health system less. It really is an unbeatable standard and we want every woman in Australia to know the benefits of continuity of midwifery care. Make May 5 the day to explain to women why they should #choosemidwiferycare.


Join the Celebration!


ACM celebrates IDM with a walk. There are walks organised all over the country; with your local branch or your local workforce and we encourage all midwives and supporters of midwives to join in.



Register for one of our IDM Events around the country.


Post an IDM message on Facebook and Instagram. Download our image here.


Add a frame to your Facebook profile pic. In the app, click on your image and choose Add Frame. Search IDM2021 to find the ACM option.



Register to join our May online live panel where our panel of experts will discuss this year's IDM theme.



Show your gratitude and support for midwives! Buy these socks for yourself or for a friend and Walk with Midwives. Let’s ensure every Australian woman knows that they can #choosemidwiferycare.