The success of Griffith midwifery education and research programs will be on display as Griffith School of Nursing and Midwifery celebrates the International Day of the Midwife 2016.

May 5 is the internationally recognised day for highlighting the value and impact of midwives.The International Confederation of Midwives established the idea of the ‘International Day of the Midwife,’ following suggestions and discussion among Midwives Associations in the late 1980s, then launched the initiative formally in 1992.

The Griffith event, to be held at the university’s Logan campus, will begin at 8.45am with midwives and the public walking to raise money for the Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Trust.

It will also include a campus morning tea where students andstaff will be invited and a guest speaker talking about the Logan Together Collective Impact initiative as an example of the importance of midwifery involvement in the local community.

The day will include screening of the film Freedom for Birth which isabout Human rights, Childbirth & the Midwife Agnes Gareb who is imprisoned in her home for supporting home birth in Hungary.

Students will also be making stars for the Million Stars for Domestic Violence project being promoted as part of Harmony week on 22nd March at Griffith.

Professor Jenny Gamble said that the event will highlight the important role of the midwife. “We now have very compelling evidence showing that maternity care by a known midwife throughout pregnancy, birth and following birth (caseload midwifery) provides a wide range of improved health outcomes for women and newborns.

“All of our education programs at Griffith prepare Midwifery graduates to deliver on this commitment.

“Our research efforts target best ways of ensuring that caseload midwifery is universally available across Australia”.

Griffith recently celebrated following the release of the annual QS World Rankings which have placed the university’s Nursing and Midwifery programs at 29th in the world. Visit: