National Midwifery Week is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the essential role that midwives play in delivering ethical, culturally appropriate, quality health care.
This year’s theme is “Midwives for Every Community” – and we couldn’t agree more! For many in the U.S., midwifery care is a luxury despite the critical care and services they deliver. From contraceptive counseling to caring for newborns, midwives care for the entire community. Midwives’ compassionate and personalized care, tailored to a person’s life experiences and circumstances, allow for the pregnant person to be at the center of a spectrum of prenatal to postpartum care. Care by midwives challenges the racism in our medical system that results in an African American mortality rate 3 to 4 times higher than that of whites, and double the number of infant deaths.