International Day of the Midwife 2021!

This year's International Day of the Midwife (IDM) is a little different to the past few years. As a student, we were given the day off to celebrate the day through events and programmes. Two years ago I attended a lovely pamper conference day focussing on self love, which was amazing. Last year, was crazy. It was all online, with a Midwifery Society programme, a presentation by myself for the NMA and a conference presentation at VIDM. It was busy. 

This year however, I was actually at work. I also just didn't quite have the time prior to plan things out so whilst I didn't manage to present or celebrate directly with others, I spent my first IDM as a qualified midwife, doing the job that the day celebrates, supporting and empowering incredible women. 

I think having now qualified, this year's theme means far more to me than it ever would in the past: "Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives". The International Confederation of Midwives writes "we look forward to coming together as a global midwife community to advocate for investment in quality midwifery care around the world, improving sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in the process." 

I couldn't agree more with them, but especially in the investment of midwifery care, from midwives themselves to the equipment we use. I've seen first hand the difference good staffing levels, working equipment and regular breaks make on the care provided to women. It's so strange sometimes as work to actually be able to get the chance to sit down and reflect, which makes it seem quiet, but in actual fact it's how it should be. We should be able to provide care for women in a way that doesn't feel rushed or exhausting. 

To everyone celebrating today, just in case you needed to hear it: you're strong, you're powerful and you're amazing! Also, I'll share my favourite quote that I first heard on IDM 2018:

"Never quit on a bad day."