This month we will be taking a look at the role of the midwife during pregnancy and birth
But first, let's go back to basics. The word ‘midwife’ means ‘with woman’, and their role is to care for and support pregnant woman and their babies throughout pregnancy, during childbirth and then for a short period after the baby is born.
It is estimated that there were over 21,000 midwives currently working in the UK. Within the NHS there are hospital and community midwives. There are also private independent midwives. And then you have doulas, who are birth companions, trained to support you during pregnancy, birth and the post-natal period.
Midwives play a pivotal role in a life-changing time, and it's likely that you'll never forget your midwife.
Each year, 5th May marks the International Day of the Midwife, the recognised day for highlighting the work that midwives do the world over. The very first International Day of the Midwife was held informally in the late 1980s, then launched as a formal global initiative in 1992.
The International Day of the Midwife is an occasion for the world to focus on the role of midwives and midwifery, and for every individual midwife to think about the many others in the profession. This year the theme is midwives leading the way with quality care.
So this month we'll be focusing on the role of the midwife in pregnancy, and the type of care you can expect. We'll be asking our Pregnacare in-house midwife for advice, and will also be interviewing NHS midwife, mum of four and social media sensation Clemmie Hooper about her new book, the How to Grow a Baby Journal.