IDM message from Terri

As President of the Australian College of Midwives I would like to acknowledge the contribution of each and every one of you  as we collectively celebrate the International Day of the Midwife. Usually on the 5th of May there would be events planned across this vast  country, giving midwives the opportunity to  come together and share their stories, thoughts and emotions on the joys and challenges that our amazing profession brings. In 2020 we had planned that the events and celebrations would be bigger and better than ever, given that 2020 has been acknowledged as the International Year of the Midwife and the Nurse. Whilst not what we planned there are a number of virtual celebrations scheduled and I hope that you find time to participate.

2020 has  brought many unexpected challenges to our nation with fires, floods and now, the COVID-19 pandemic that is impacting on us all in so many ways.  As a profession we have much to be proud of as we have continued to provide the best possible care to mothers  and babies. So much is changing on an almost daily basis and midwives have shown their inherent ability to be innovative, flexible, resilient and above all caring in the face of significant uncertainty. For many of you the challenges have not only been professional but also personal and despite your own situations you have continued to put the needs of mothers and babies central to your actions.  Your commitment and professionalism is inspirational and appreciated greatly by those you provide care to.

The theme from ICM for IDM2020 is Midwives with women: celebrate, demonstrate, mobilise, unite – our time is NOW. We are hopeful  that the  positive signs in Australia in relation to COVID-19 will see life normalise somewhat over the next few months. With this will come greater opportunities to achieve the strategies of the 2020 theme for IDM.

  • Inform everyone with an interest or background in health and justice that midwives are crucial to reducing maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality
  • Celebrate the achievement of midwives and their contribution to improving sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn health outcomes
  • Motivate policy makers to implement change by lobbying for adequate midwifery resources and recognition of the unique profession of midwives

These strategies are always uppermost in the work  of ACM and during this challenging time we have continued to inform, demonstrate and advocate for the role of midwives in ensuring optimal outcomes for all mothers and babies. Our absolute priority is to support you to enable you to support women and their families.

It is important that on the 5th of May we pause to acknowledge the vital role that midwives play in the lives of childbearing women every day. On behalf of ACM I thank you for your contribution each and every day. Please know that you make a difference in the lives of so many and that this is appreciated.

I hope that your day is special in some way.

Best wishes

Terri Barrett 

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