Mark International Day of the Midwife Thursday at Freakin’ Coffee Shop

Comox Valley midwives and mothers will meet to mark the International Day of the Midwife this Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Freakin' Coffee Shop in Tin Town.

On May 5 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Freakin’ Coffee Shop, 106-2456 Rosewall Cres., Comox Valley midwives and mothers will meet to mark the International Day of the Midwife.

More than 340,000 women die each year, with millions more suffering infection and disability, as a result of preventable maternal causes.

The International Confederation of Midwives is committed to reducing inequality, through greater access to essential midwifery care worldwide, particularly in developing countries where 90 per cent of maternal deaths occur.

The World Health Organization with the International Confederation of Midwives is saying that the world needs midwives more than ever. Access to essential midwifery services reduces maternal and infant mortality and reduces the cycle of poverty in developing countries.

Comox Valley Midwives want to demonstrate their commitment to tackling maternal and newborn mortality by linking shoulder-to-shoulder with midwives and mothers around the world.

While inequalities are a global issue, they also want to raise awareness of local choices. Right here in the Comox Valley, midwives delivered 27 per cent of all babies born in 2010. Midwives want to see mothers and babies getting the support they need through increased global and local commitment to midwifery services.

Come and get your questions answered about midwifery in B.C. Find out where to find a midwife in the Valley, and what midwives do.

For more information, contact Plum Midwives at 250-890-0832 or Comox Valley Midwives at 250-338-4810, or online see www.plummidwifery.com or www.comoxvalleymidwives.com.

— Comox Valley Midwives