White Ribbon Alliance


TAKE PART in ‘Dreams for Birth’

April 28, 2015
#Dreams4birth #IDM2015

“My dream for birth is that every woman around the world can actually plan her pregnancy, so that she can be in a very good state of health and nutrition. I would hope that every woman who is about to give birth would have access to a midwife’s care so that she can bring her child into the world with everything that a public health infrastructure can give that child, but also to be able to make her own decisions as to where, and when to have her child in the best of health”

- White Ribbon Alliance Champion, H.E. Toyin Saraki

We invite you to join Ms. Saraki and take part in our ‘Dreams for Birth’ project, launched in the run up to the International Day of the Midwife on May 5th.

Starting with a photo and film collection created by White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) in the UK, ‘Dreams for Birth’ enables midwives from all over the world to express their hopes and aspirations for how childbirth should and can be, via short statements and selfies.

Midwives, parents and doulas are contributing their statements and photographs for posting online. As part of this collection, your voice adds authenticity and volume to the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), WRA and partners’ joint statement calling for more midwives around the world to care for women and their families (see below). A series of blogs on the same theme will also be featured on the WRA and ICM websites and shared with partners.

How you can join in:

1. Take a selfie photograph which ideally includes the sign with name of the hospital or clinic where you work. Send to Brigid at bmcconville@whiteribbonalliance.org along with your name, country and where you work. You can also post on twitter with hashtags #IDM2015 and #Dreams4birth and on the WRA Facebook page.

2. Tweet a short statement about your Dream for Birth with hashtags #IDM2015 and #Dreams4birth. Deadline: as soon as possible in the run up to May 5th.

3. Submit a 200 – 300 word blog on your Dream for Birth to bmcconville@whiteribbonalliance.org

The Sustainable Development Goals’ proposed targets for reproductive, maternal, and newborn health cannot be met without midwives.Governments must invest in education, and co-ordinate education and health plans to make sure enough midwives are available. ICM, WRA and partners will be calling upon the governments of the world to keep their promises to women and their families by investing in midwives, so that birth is safe for all, no matter where they live. Governments must also employ and retain those midwives by ensuring that they have the right compensation and living conditions.