April 18 – A major conference is to be held in Britain to celebrate the world-wide work of midwives next month, it has been announced. The International Day of the Midwife is on May 5th and hundreds are expected to descend on the British Library in London for the event.
The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, who is patron of the Royal College of Midwives, is to be guest of honour at the event – delivering a talk on midwifery in the British Commonwealth. The RCM is organising the event and a spokeswoman said: “The conference will review the impact of midwifery-led care on maternal and newborn health, evaluate evidence-based care and its impact and seek to understand the impact of national and global partnerships in improving midwifery skills and maternal and newborn care.”
Former NHS chief executive Lord Nigel Crisp will talk about the search for “global health”, while Welsh midwife Grace Thomas will talk about birth centres. The RCM plans to launch a new campaign on the “value of the midwife” at the event.
Franka Cadee, of the Royal Dutch Organisation of Midwives, will help provide an international dimension while Frances Day-Stirk, vice president of the International Confederation of Midwives, will talk about global demand for midwives.