Midwives feel the love – but not by all – on International Day of the Midwife

The vast majority of midwives and student midwives say they feel valued by the public.

Sarah Jane
5 May 2020
Baby and Midwife

Around half of midwives say they feel undervalued by the government.

Midwives across the UK are feeling the love as they celebrate International Day of the Midwife (IDM) today (5 May).

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A survey by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) shows a massive 94 per cent of midwives and student midwives feel valued by the public, with an even higher number (95 per cent) feeling valued by the women and families in their care.

However, only half (51%) of midwives felt their work was valued by the UK Government.

Gill Walton, Chief Executive of the RCM, said: “As we celebrate a very different, virtual International Day of the Midwife it’s great to know that they feel valued. This goodwill is really helping midwives and their colleagues to keep pushing through this crisis, knowing the public are there with them and backing them every step of the way.”

Adding; “The Government has got to step up and show they care.  As we start to look beyond the crisis it is clear the Government needs a fundamental rethink about investing in the NHS not only to reduce midwife shortages but to ensure those already in the service receive the pay and conditions they deserve.”

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Year of the Nurse & Midwife

Dr Yakubu Salifu wrote earlier this week that it was right to call 2020 the year of the nurse and midwife. 

Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing said: “Today on the International Day of the Midwife, we celebrate the fantastic support and comfort that midwives provide to women and their families as they go through pregnancy.

“The World Health Organisation’s Year of the Nurse and Midwife calls for more investment in nursing and midwifery services and this is vital for maintaining quality provision.

“Women who have given birth in the last six weeks will be especially grateful that midwives have been able to rise to the extraordinary challenge of continuing to care for them throughout the pandemic.

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“In this International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, it is more important than ever to recognise the difference that midwives and nurses make to the patients they serve.”

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