Message for International Day of the Midwife

05 May 2021

An open letter from RANZCOG President Dr Vijay Roach to all who work in the midwifery profession on International Day of the Midwife.

Dear friends,

Happy International Day of the Midwife 2021, a day to celebrate a group of professionals dedicated to the care of pregnant women and their families.

You are the guardians, the carers, the warm and gentle arms that guide and support women through the journey of pregnancy, birth, and parenting. Countless generations of women and their babies have been nurtured by you. Yours is a profession of compassion and kindness, knowledge and wisdom, science and learning. The midwifery profession expands our understanding of safety beyond blood pressure and bleeding, reminding us of the importance of cultural and spiritual safety, embracing the whole woman.
Midwives are our colleagues, our friends and our teachers, valued leaders in maternity care. On behalf of your obstetric colleagues, I want to express my deep gratitude and genuine respect for the work that you do, for the care that you give. Working together, alongside one another, and putting the woman at the centre of all that we do are principles and values that we share. Our commonalities unify us in purpose.
I hope that 5 May is a happy one for all of you, a day of celebration and justifiable pride.
Happy International Day of the Midwife.



Dr Pieter Mourik (AM)

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