Exploring the future of motherhood on International Day of the Midwife

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Abstract

International Day of the Midwife is celebrated around the world, and led by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM). The overarching theme from the past few years, ‘the world needs midwives now more than ever‘ is still relevant here in the UK as — despite recent increases in the number of student midwives in training (RCM 2012b) — there is still a shortage of qualified midwives across the country (House of Commons: Committee of Public Accounts 2014). This year, students from King's College London hosted a celebration to mark International Day of the Midwife. The event took place on Tuesday 6th May near London Bridge and was jam-packed with prestigious speakers, as well as plenty of cake and an art auction. The event was in aid of White Ribbon Alliance, a charity working hard to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality worldwide.

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