Posted on May 07, 2017

In recognition of International Day of the Midwife, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is raising awareness about the important role midwives play in supporting, caring for and advising women during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period.

The International Day of the Midwife is celebrated around the world every 5 May. The day was initially recognized by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) in celebration of the role of midwives and midwifery. Midwives play a crucial role in maternal and infant health. According to the ICM, women who have access to a midwife experience less preterm births, fewer interventions during labor and shorter hospital stays. As part of the multidisciplinary team, midwives provide woman-centered and supportive care that goes beyond childbirth and includes family planning, disease screenings and more.

“Midwives play an important role in providing positive birth and postpartum experiences for women and their families. They are a valued part of our health system and the International Day of the Midwife provides an opportune time for us to celebrate and reflect on the important role played by this professional group,” said Dr. Badriya Al-Lenjawi (pictured), Executive Director of Nursing, Corporate Nursing and Midwifery Department. Midwives employed at HMC are experts in normal pregnancy and birth, who have successfully completed a midwifery education program that is duly recognized in the country where it is located and that is based on the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice and the framework of the ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education. 

Ms. Rim Bent Hedi Sdiri, a Head Nurse in the Labor and Delivery Unit at HMC’s Women’s Hospital, said the International Day of the Midwife is a day to pause and recognize the role midwives play in keeping women and their babies safe during one of life’s major events. “Labor and delivery can be both an exciting and stressful time for women and their families. It can be an extremely vulnerable time, both physically and mentally. Midwives assist in critical decision making regarding appropriate care during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period. We are advocates for our patients and their babies, supporting them by providing evidence-based care during these special phases in their life,” said Ms. Sdiri.

In acknowledgment of the day, a number of events were held across HMC’s network of hospitals, including a professional development event at Women’s and Al Wakra Hospitals.