The International Day of Midwife is observed every year on 5th May . The idea to honour mid wives with a special day came up at the International Midwives conference held at Netherlands in 1987. This day was first observed on May 5th, 1991.
The word “mid wife” is derived from the Middle English word ‘midwyf’, meaning, ‘with women’. Thus, the word ‘Midwife’ came to be used for woman who are “with woman” at delivery time, the word wife in this context meaning ‘woman’. Midwives are women who help in child birth.
In modern medicine we have an official name for such nurses, called ANM, meaning Auxiliary Nurse and Midwives.
In ancient India, the concept of midwife was very much prevalent. The very fact that there are many words in samskrt for a midwife, shows her importance.
Some of these words being,
Dhatri, Upasutika, Garbhagrahika, Kulabhrtya, Vrddhayuvati and Savika.
Midwifery and pregnancy are an important part of Ayurveda.
The noble role played by these women has been limitedly seen as just mid wives these days.
The mid wives have helped deliver children all across the world from time immemorial. It is to not to be forgotten that our forefathers and great grandparents were born in their hands.
In the modern age also, a very large number of children all across the world are delivered by mid wives only.
But for their skill and safe hands our parents would not have been safely born in this world.
Where would we have been then?
On this Midwife Day, let us recognize the delicate skill and role of mid wives, passed on from generation to generation to create generations after generation.