ICM CALL GOVERNMENTS TO PROVIDE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO MIDWIVES
Governments around the world are responsible for the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for their health care professionals but are neglecting to account for midwives in their orders, sending a signal that midwives are not valued despite the essential care they provide to mothers and newborns.Midwives are frontline health workers. The coronavirus is sweeping the world, but women are still pregnant, and babies are still being born. Midwives are working in women’s homes, in community clinics, in primary birthing units, and in hospitals. Midwives are the primary caregivers for pregnant women everywhere. But if midwives are ill and dying in a health system overstretched by Covid-19 they will not be available to care for pregnant women and their families. Childbirth is a normal part of life and it does not stop because of a pandemic.