The Grand Bahama Health Services (GBHS) Nurses’ Month Committee recently celebrated International Midwives’ Day at the Rand Memorial Hospital under the theme, “Midwives: Making a difference in the world.”
Commending midwives, senior nurses, trained clinical nurses and patient care assistants, for their ongoing efforts to expose women to all elements of reproductive health by ensuring that pregnant women stay alive and their birth experience is positive, was GBHS Principal Nursing Officer (PNO) Cherlyn Bain.
“International Midwives’ Day is celebrated on May 5 annually beginning in 1991 and has been observed by more than 50 nations worldwide.
“The idea of having a day to recognize and honor midwives came out of the 1987 International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Conference in the Netherlands.
“The world is asked to focus on the role of midwives and midwifery on this day and each year, the ICM comes up with a campaign theme to motivate a call to action for all to get involved and champion our work.
“We are challenged as midwives, whether practicing or not, to think about the profession, make new contacts (network) inside of midwifery and to widen the knowledge of what midwives do for the world.
“Since 2015, the ICM’s theme was ‘The World Needs Midwives Today Now More Than Ever,’ serves as the basis and foundation of the worth of midwives and is part of an ongoing campaign to highlight the need for midwives,” said Bain.
She emphasized the importance of appreciating and celebrating the work done by midwives locally, regionally and internationally. Bain pointed out though that it was important for those in the practice of midwifery to stay current, align themselves to best practices, identify and trend quality indicators and continue to join the fight to reduce maternal and infant mortality and morbidity.
She holds to a strong conviction that every midwife, senior nurse, trained clinical nurse and patient care assistant have the capacity to perform appropriately. PNO Bain noted the past ICM themes inclusive of the following: “The World Needs Midwives for The Betterment” and “Midwives Change the World With One Family at a Time” as a collective reminder of the significance of the skills that are utilized in midwifery.
According to Bain, competency plays a pivotal role in the sustainability of the program (midwives) especially as the global strategy for women’s, children’s and adolescent’s health is being updated.
In conclusion, Bain said this year’s theme speaks volumes regarding the role of midwifery, as it plays a critical role in promoting health issues in world communities.