National Midwifery Week, October 3-9

By Rachel Walden |

logo for 2010 national midwifery week This week is National Midwifery Week, in which organizations and individuals promote midwifery and try to raise awareness about midwifery services.

The American College of Nurse-Midwives provides an online toolkit for promoting the observance, including a list of Things You Can Do to Celebrate National Midwifery Week. My favorite suggestion, given my librarian bias: “Request your local librarian to create a special display of available books about the women’s health, childbirth, midwifery, and literature inspired by or mentioning midwives.” Nebraska Friends of Midwives has some great tips for working with libraries on such displays, although they require a bit of advance preparation – you might want to bookmark them for next year!

The organization also issued a press release, and has a series of guest posts at its blog, Midwife Connection. Where’s My Midwife? has additional activity suggestions, and RH Reality Check is hosting a series of posts on midwifery this week, the first from the perspective of an American midwife working in Haiti.

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