A day of celebration
International Day of the Midwife is a day to recognise the work of midwives in the UK and all over the world. The event is led by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and observed in over 50 countries. On this day, midwives, maternity support workers and student midwives join together to celebrate.
Together again: From evidence to reality
This year’s theme is Together again: from evidence to reality. Translating research findings into positive changes to maternity care and practice is something that we and our team of midwives are passionate about.
We know that Black women experience higher risks of complications during pregnancy – for example, our research shows a 40% higher risk of miscarriage compared to White women – and also often have poorer maternity and birthing experiences.
In response to this, we recognised the need for extra pregnancy support for these communities and in September 2022, we set up a Specialist Support Service for Black and Black Mixed-Heritage women and birthing people, which we’re now partnering with FiveXMore on. This new service provides a 1-1 video or phone callback service and a safe space to offer advice and support with any pregnancy concerns, so that people are able to make their own evidence-based, informed choices.
We have already supported more than 220 Black and Black Mixed-Heritage pregnant people through this service and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
Our midwife Alanna, who is one of the midwives on the line, said: