HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nurses in the maternity wards of hospitals will be marking May 5 as the International Day of Midwife in Nepal with the theme ‘The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever!’.
On the occasion, Midwifery Society of Nepal (MIDSON) is organising various activities on May 4 and 5.
According to a press statement issued by MIDSON, it will organise a rally, a documentary show on the rural midwives’ services and candlelight vigil at Maiti Ghar Mandala in memory of mothers who lost lives during childbirth.
It will also organise a march from the Prasuti Griha to Shanti Vatika in Ratna Park tomorrow to mark the day.
Midwives, development partners, mothers’ groups, students and organisations working for safe motherhood along with key stakeholders from the government organisations will be part of the event, said the statement.
In Nepal, nurses working in the maternity wards are generally called nurse-midwife but they are not officially recognised.
The government on its National Policy on Skilled Birth Attendants, 2006, has recognised the need to generate a new cadre of professional midwives after studies showed that more than 71 per cent women give birth at home without the help of skilled attendants.