This week (the 3rd to the 9th of May) is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, an annual, week-long campaign dedicated to bringing awareness to and talking about mental health problems during and after pregnancy.
The campaign wants to raise awareness in the public as well as in health professionals and advocate for women affected by these conditions. The organisation that leads this campaign is The Perinatal Mental Health Partnership UK and they also use this yearly event to signpost where women and their families can access help and support if they need it and get them on the road to recovery.
Today marks International Day of The Midwife where the efforts of midwives globally are recognised for the care they provide to mothers and newborns. This year’s event has the theme, follow the data: Invest in midwives.
The theme is in line with the launch of the 2021 State of the World's Midwifery Report, co-led by The United Nations Population Fund, The World Health Organisation and The International Confederation of Midwives. The report is packed full of the most current data and evidence on the impact of midwives on maternal and newborn health outcomes and the return on investment of midwives.