Healthcare workers are facing unprecedented challenges worldwide amid the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak. Midwives and nurses are showing their true commitment to saving the life of COVID-19 patients without caring for their own health. They are the frontline healthcare workers who first come in contact with the patients. During the lockdown 3.0, they are playing a crucial role in saving the lives of mothers and babies who are struggling in this coronavirus time.
Midwives care for mothers and newborns
Every year, May 5 is observed as the International Day of the Midwife (IDM) to appreciate their dedication and helping nature in their work. Each year the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) brings innovations to motivate its members, stakeholders and associate partners to increase awareness on the social standing of midwives. They play a key role in the care of mothers and their newborns. Midwives have a mission to serve the entire society without any discrimination.
Midwives help experts in hospitals
When there were no professional or well-equipped hospitals for pregnant ladies, midwives used to help expecting mothers to give birth to a child at home. Currently, they are assisting experts in multispeciality hospitals.
Important members of society
This year’s International Day of the Midwife theme is “Midwives with women: celebrate, demonstrate, mobilise, unite – our time is NOW!”
Midwives have to work with women on a routine basis, take their full care during the childbirth process. This relationship between midwives and mothers have made them trusted members in families and communities.
WHO stresses on help by midwives
On this occasion, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe has urged that planned investments in the midwives workforce are necessary to get a better result in the health sector. The initial investment is essential to provide quality training and other facilities to midwives so that they can apply their technical knowledge to patients and provide the best possible medical services. Midwives are the gender champions, powerful partners of women.
It is essential to create awareness among people to give full respect to midwives. They are the vital cog in decreasing maternal and neonatal mortality rates globally.