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The International Day of the Midwife is celebrated every May 5.

This year, the commemoration occurs amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic - which has demonstrated the value of midwives all the more, even as it has put many of them at risk while supporting pregnant women and new mothers and their babies.

UNFPA, the International Confederation of Midwives and partners come together each year to underscore the importance of this special day, and to advocate for greater investments in midwifery under universal health coverage.

Follow UNFPA Asia-Pacific on Twitter, Facebook and at our website for the very latest stories from countries across our region - and be inspired by the amazing work midwives do day after day, year after year, amid COVID-19 and beyond.

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