Today Friday May 5, 2017 marks the international midwives day. The purpose of this day is to celebrate midwifery and to bring awareness of the importance of midwives work to the public and community.
This years theme – Midwives: Making a difference in the world is much appropriate for a developing country such as mother Ghana.
It is undoubtedly true that midwives play a crucial role in maternal and infant health, helping mothers, babies, families and communities.
Notwithstanding the poor and harsh conditions under which most midwives work in Ghana, the fact that they are self motivated to deliver the best services and care using the inadequate resources available in the various facilities is worthy of notice and commendable.
In midwife-led care, women experience less preterm births, less assisted deliveries and greater satisfaction with care.
Midwives change the world by caring for mothers and babies. By caring for them, midwives help ensure that women are healthy, thus contributing to a strong community and economy. When babies survive, they start growing into healthy children and adults.
If every childbearing woman received care with a well- educated, adequately resourced midwife, most of maternal and newborn deaths could be prevented. Investments in midwifery education as well as regulation, provision of infrastructure and information will improve access to midwifery care.
Midwifery services are economic and cost effective. Investment in midwives means commitment to a healthy and wealthy nation.
In Ghana, access to maternity care is limited by economic and social factors, access and distance and many other factors. Trained and qualified midwives can have a significant impact on mortality rates for mothers and babies worldwide.
On this special day, I say Ayekoo to all midwives in Ghana.
Congratulations to you all.
God Bless Midwives!
God Bless the Nursing and Midwifery Profession!!
Unity is Strength!!!
God Bless Ghana!!!!
Imoro Mohammed Amin
Nurse – PON: Tamale Teaching Hospital
Assistant PRO, GRNMA-NR