International Day of the Midwife 2009

Today if the International Day of the Midwife. Midwives are growing in popularity due to the excellent one on one care they provide to their clients. I had two wonderful midwives present for the births of both of my daughters. They were so supportive and gave me peace of mind throughout my pregnancy by knowing that I was in such good hands.

In the United States, midwife-attended deliveries have doubled in the past ten years, to more than 300,000 in 2002. 98% of midwife-attended deliveries occur in the hospital.

Nearly 10,000 certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives provide care during 20 million patient visits each year, in practice settings as diverse as teaching hospitals and publicly-financed clinics in under-privileged inner city or rural communities.

"The secret to success for midwives is their commitment to providing high quality care while continuously listening to women," said Carr. "In our current, fast-paced, high-tech, money-driven health care system, women are more anxious than ever to build a relationship with a health care professional they can trust. The commitment midwives make to women's health is rewarded by health outcomes that are comparable to or better than physicians."

To learn more about nurse-midwifery in America, visit To learn more about midwifery across the globe, visit the International Confederation of Midwives. If you live in Canada, you can visit Canadian midwives or Association for Ontario Midwives

Sources: International Day of The Midwife Means Global Recognition of Excellence In Health Care


Emily B said...

Thank you for the links! This is very helpful. We were just discussing this last night!

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