International Midwives' Day

It is easy to forget that many women did not give birth in hospitals until the latter part of the 20th century. Instead, they gave birth at home, and they did not use an OBGYN to care for them. They were monitored by midwives, which are often forgotten. That is why there is a day to celebrate them, which is International Midwives Day.

May 5th is the day that reminds you that a woman can give birth without the care of an OBGYN because it is International Midwives Day. The OBGYN is the everyday care provider today among pregnant women, and they are there to help the woman deliver in the hospital. That is why it is often forgotten that midwives are also a great option to care for pregnant women who want to give birth at home. This is the day to remind everyone that the female body can deliver a child to term without having to rely on invasive methods that OBGYNs and other practitioners use.

Many pregnant women nowadays are also choosing to deliver at home, and that is why they are using midwives to help them through the process. What if something goes wrong? The midwife will be able to take care of it and will also make sure that the woman goes to the hospital to get medical care if, by chance, something does go wrong during delivery. However, midwives can also provide comfort that OBGYNs don’t often do, and the large part of that reason is that through the care of a midwife, the woman can give birth at home. That makes all of the difference in the world when it comes to comfort.

The History Of International Midwives Day

Midwives have been used to help deliver babies since ancient times and throughout medieval times. They continued to deliver babies even as OBGYNs became standard during the 20th century. However, quite often these amazing care providers for pregnant women did not get the recognition they deserve. That is why the International Confederation of Midwives back in 1987 wanted to dedicate a day to celebrate these miracle workers and baby deliverers. The first International Midwives Day fell on May 7th, 1991. However, it was moved back to the 5th of May for unknown reasons. Over 50 countries worldwide celebrate International Midwives Day.

How To Acknowledge International Midwives Day

Did you use a midwife to help you deliver your baby? If so, thank them for the fantastic job. Send them a message or a note thanking them. If not, then you can take the time to learn about why midwives are essential. Why not share what you learned on social media by using #InternationalMidwivesDay in the post.

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