May 5th is the International Day of the Midwife

Posted by Katie Moriarty on
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Thank you to Call the Midwife for showcasing the lives that midwives lead and depicting the fantastic stories of happiness, heartbreak, faith, and friendship that come along with being in this amazing profession! I have often said that being a midwife is really a calling more than a profession and each week as I follow the episodes that perception is further solidified. Call the Midwifeshares the stories of the midwives in the East End of London and here in Detroit, Michigan, as a Modern Day Midwife, we as well are here working with women and our community to improve the lives of this next generation. 

Birth is a common MIRACLE and what an honor to get to bear witness as it unfolds. We try to empower women through this life event and enter their lives in real and tangible ways. Whenever I hear that someone has had a baby — my mind always drifts to wanting to know their birth story. Everyone gets to this world through their own unique birth story, whether it is known to them or not.  As a midwife we like for our births to be ‘uncomplicated’—but that is not always the case. So hats off to all the midwives in the world — we get to walk this path with women and we can almost always be guaranteed a raw, intimate, and exhilarating day (or night). Today think of all the women and that have walked this path in the past and then we can think of all the women that will walk this path in the future—and therein lays the unbelievable power.  


KatieMoriarty.jpg Katie Moriarty (CNM, PhD, CAFCI, RN) is the Director of Nurse-Family Partnership at Detroit Wayne County Health Authority and currently serves on the regional board of directors for the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Prior to her current position, Katie served as the Associate Director of the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program at the University of Michigan.
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