The Past, Present and the Future: Why Midwives Matter

Join us on May 3rd for a special presentation in honor of International Day of the Midwife! This year we are thrilled to welcome the wonderful Sheena Byrom, whose book "The Roar Behind the Silence: why kindness, compassion and respect matter in maternity care" jointly edited with Soo Downe, is being used as a resource to improve maternity care throughout the world. Sheena's presentation is titled "The past, present and the future: why midwives matter", and will touch on the historical context of the midwife and midwifery, review the current global position and offer potential solutions for the future. We look forward to seeing you online as we celebrate the important role of midwives around the world!

This webinar is approved for 1 MEAC Midwifery CEU,1 ACNM CEU and 1 ACM CPD Recognised Hour.

Watch Live on May 3rd at 7pm UTC / 12pm PDT / 3 pm EDT

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The Past, Present and the Future: Why Midwives Matter

Sheena Byrom is a practising midwife of 40 years, having worked in the NHS for most of that time. Sheena was one of the UK’s first consultant midwives, and as head of midwifery successfully helped to lead the development of three birth centres in East Lancashire. As well as being an international speaker, Sheena provides consultancy services to both NHS Trusts and to organisations globally; helping them to support normal, physiological childbirth. Sheena and her midwife daughter Anna Byrom are the proud new owners of The Practising Midwife, and an exciting online platform – the go to place for maternity workers to learn, share and care.

Sheena’s midwifery memoirs, Catching Babies, is a Sunday Times bestseller, and her seminal book, The Roar behind the Silence: Why Kindness, Compassion and Respect Matter in Maternity Care jointly edited with Soo Downe, is being used as a resource to improve maternity care throughout the world. Sheena and Soo are currently editing a second book, ‘Squaring the Circle: Researching Normal Childbirth in a Technological World’, will be published in 2019.

Sheena was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to midwifery, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives in 2015. In 2016 and 2018, Sheena received Honorary Doctorates from Bournemouth University and the University of Central Lancashire, and in 2017 she was made a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University. Her personal and midwifery related website is

Objective 1: Describe the role of the midwife, and the global inconsistencies;

Objective 2: Describe the contribution that midwifery has had on the quality of maternal and newborn care; and

Objective 3: List strategies for confident in lobbying for increased global access to midwifery care.


According to the International Confederation of Midwives, a midwife is ‘recognised as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct births on the midwife’s own responsibility and to provide care for the newborn and the infant. This care includes preventative measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in mother and child, the accessing of medical care or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures’. Although there is overwhelming evidence that the implementation of midwifery and deployment of professional midwives in all countries would be a vital solution in improving maternal and infants health and well-being, there continues to be lack of understanding of the role of the midwife, and inequalities in access to midwifery care. This talk will touch on the historical context of the midwife and midwifery, review the current global position and offer potential solutions for the future.

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Midwifery CEUs - MEAC Contact Hours
This program is approved for 1 Midwifery CEU through the Midwifery Education & Accreditation Council. CEUs are applicable for Certified Professional Midwives re-certifying through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM).

This program is approved for ACNM CEU through the American College of Nurse Midwives. This credit is applicable to Nurse-Midwives, Certified Midwives, Registered Nurses. May be accepted by other certifying bodies.

ACM CPD Recognised Hours
This program is approved for 1 ACM CPD Recognised Hours equivalent to 1 hour of education by the Australian College of Midwives (ACM).

If you have already participated in this program, you are not eligible to receive additional credits for viewing it again. Please sent us an email to if you have any questions.

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7pm UTC / 12pm PDT / 3 pm EDT - Live with Sheena Byrom

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