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International Day of the Midwife

International day of the midwife logo

Each year the RCM celebrates International Day of the Midwife (IDM) on 5th May.  On this day, designated by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) , midwives from all the organisations affiliated to the ICM express worldwide solidarity and take action to highlight the knowledge and skills of midwives, and the contribution midwives make to the health of their nations. 

To celebrate this years International Day of the Midwife, the RCM are asking our members to get involved in three ways –

1.    The cake – Can you beat last years cake topper

Following the huge success of last years midwifery inspired cake competition, we are asking our talented members to send us pictures of your midwifery inspired cakes for a chance to win a ticket to this years annual conference in the West Midlands.

All you have to do is send us your cake picture by messaging us on our RCM Facebook page here, by the 1st May, along with your details including your name, your job title, workplace and what inspired you to bake the cake.  We will then post your cake onto our Facebook page, and the one with the most likes by midnight on May 5th, will be the winner. Need some inspiration? See last years entries here

2.    The event  - Midwives changing the world one family at a time,  A Celebration of Global Midwifery

On the 7th May, at the Brunei Gallery, London, this RCM event will mark International Day of the Midwife, when midwifery associations across the globe promote how midwives can change the world one family at a time and celebrate the contribution of midwives across the world to maternal and newborn health.

This one day conference will share experience from the RCM Global Midwifery Twinning Project and other midwifery global volunteering initiatives.  It will bring together volunteers with stakeholders from across the international development sector to explore the benefits and potential of health professional twinning.  It will reflect on lessons learned and challenges for global midwifery and consider the reciprocal benefits of volunteering. 

Places are limited and can be booked on a first come first serve basis by emailing your details to events@rcm.org.uk. Further details of the event can be found on our event page here.

3.    Fundraising

If you would like to hold your own branch event or activity, the RCM will be collecting money to be donated to the International Confederation of Midwives. You can do this by sending cheques made payable to The Royal College of Midwives Trust and send them to The Midwifery Department, The Royal College of Midwives, 15 Mansfield street, London, W1G 9NH. For further information you can download the IDM Resource pack here.


For further information including key messages and objectives please visit ICM websites here