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May 5 to be marked as Midwife Day

  Rally‚ candlelight vigil set


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.


Dear Editor, It is great pleasure to read the news about Midwifery Society of Nepal's activities for the celebration of International Day of Midwives on May 5th. This kind of activities is crucial to raise the public awareness concerning the role of skilled birth attendants, especially midwives in the lives of childbearing women and their newborns to save their lives. The World Health Organisation including UN agencies have recognised the importance of having midwives before, during and after childbirths in achieving Millennium Development Goals 4, reducing child mortality and 5, reducing maternal mortality. In countries like Nepal, where majority, 81% of women give birth at home and 281 per 100,000 women die every year this is even crucial because to date there is no such kind of profession and human resource existed. A midwife being a competent, confident and committed well trained health professional work closely with women and their families and provides humanistic and holistic social model of maternity care in the given cultural settings. The video film "Birth in Nepal" clearly illustrate the urgent need of midwives in rural and remote Nepal. Here is its link Laxmi Tamang PhD Student The University of Sydney, Australia Laxmi Tamang, Hurstville

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