NMC celebrates International Day of the Midwife

Published on 05 May 2022

Today, we’re celebrating all the dedicated midwives and midwifery students across the UK who care for, and support, women, babies and families.

The theme of this year’s International Day of the Midwife, 100 years of progress, is an opportunity to reflect on just how far the profession has come.

Despite tremendous pressure on services during the pandemic, midwifery professionals have continued to show how committed, compassionate and skilled they are. Midwives and midwifery students have adapted to new ways of working and learning, to provide safe, effective and kind care.

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC, said:

“Midwives touch the lives of so many women and families at the most joyous times of their lives and sometimes at the most difficult. We know their dedication to the health, safety and wellbeing of those in their care makes a difference. On behalf of the NMC, I want today to thank the midwives on our register, and the students working hard to join the register, for everything they do.

“The pandemic, pressures and recent concerns about maternity care might make it feel like a difficult time to celebrate. But while we know these issues need to be tackled, we mustn’t forget all the amazing midwives who have been delivering the best possible care under the most challenging circumstances.

“Midwives make a positive impact every day. As the professional regulator of more than 46,000 midwives, we’ll continue to support them to deliver the care and support all women, babies and families deserve, and have the right to expect.”


• The number of midwives mentioned above is reflective of the 46,562 midwives and dual registrants (those registered as both nurses and midwives) on our register.
• As of our most recent data report there are 39,664 midwives and 6,898 dual registrants on our register.

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