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International Day of the Midwife celebrated in Lancaster

24 May 2019

Sunday 5th May marked the International Day of The Midwife. Which was celebrated in style by the Lancaster Branch of The Royal College of Midwives.

While you’d think it was an incredibly long-marked awareness day, it wasn’t made official until 1992, when it was launched formally by the International Confederation of Midwives. This years theme was Midwives as Defenders of Women’s Rights.

The midwives raised over £130 for the branch which will help to fund support, training and improvements to the working environment for all the hard working maternity staff. This money was raised by a ‘guess the weight of the baby’ competition and a tombola, for which prizes were kindly donated by several local businesses. Other local businesses donated food and drinks which were provided to staff throughout the week as part of daily ‘pram dashes’.

The event promises to be even bigger next year. The chairperson and a steward of the Lancaster  Branch of the Royal College of Midwives said “International Day of the Midwife is an opportunity to recognise the dedication and care that midwives here in Lancaster, and across the world, provide to women during their journey through pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.  Our events for IDM this week aimed to raise awareness and empower women and midwives.”