Today, 5th of May is International Day of the Midwife set up by the International Confederation of Midwives to highlight the work, and importance, of midwives and midwifery. This year the ICM have chosen the theme “The world needs midwives today more than ever” – a statement that Wellbeing of Women very strongly believes in.

Wellbeing of Women is dedicated to maintaining the wellness of all women throughout their lives and central to this is in ensuring that they receive the best possible maternity care. Wellbeing is therefore very proud to be the official research partner of the Royal College of Midwives. Our exciting partnership provides crucial funding to enable more midwives to undertake research in related health projects; funds the training and development of midwives; and highlights the importance of good quality care for women before, during and after pregnancy.

The research training grants Wellbeing award are vitally important in encouraging more midwives to undertake research related to the practice of midwifery. More and improved research into midwifery, maternity and women’s health will lead to higher quality care for women, their babies and families. In recent years we have funded research into the effective management of primary postpartum haemorrhage (where the mother experiences extreme blood loss in the first 24 hours after birth, a very serious and sadly increasingly common event) and improving guidelines for midwives to identify and therefore successfully treat post-natal depression. In each case the unique role of the midwife has meant that at the heart of all recommendations and findings sit the wellbeing of mothers, their partners and their families.

In the words of Lesley Page, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives:

“Most of the care of childbearing women and their babies in the UK is given by midwives, working with doctors when necessary. Midwives often, if the woman and her baby are healthy, take the lead in care. If we are to improve the health of women and their babies around pregnancy birth and beyond, midwifery research, performed and led by midwives, is needed to develop the evidence base. Wellbeing of Women supports midwifery research working together with the Royal College of Midwives building capacity and developing midwife researchers and programmes of research. Midwifery research may include evaluation of interventions. It may also be concerned with place of birth or organisation of care, often building on existing research evidence that indicates potential for benefits to women and babies, for example midwifery led continuity of carer.”



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Wellbeing of Women touches the lives of millions of women and their families by investing in pioneering research into women's reproductive health. We fund people and projects to improve treatments, advance knowledge and better support women at each stage of life so they no longer have to suffer the distress, pain and heartache caused by women's reproductive health issues. Many of the tests, treatments and preventions that we all take for granted today are the results of research that Wellbeing of Women has funded over the last 50 years including: increasing survival rates in premature babies, the introduction of fetal scanning in pregnancy and the importance of folic acid, both when trying to conceive and during pregnancy. Wellbeing of women also funded research which identified the link between cervical cancer and the human papilloma virus, so that today's teenage girls are routinely offered immunisation to help protect them from the virus and the use of Botox for some treatments of incontinence. Twitter: @WellbeingofWmen Facebook: Instagram: wellbeingofwomen Website:

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