International Day of the Midwife is approaching on May 5th and I encourage you to check out the free online conference offering a day-long roster of speakers and events around this year's theme, The World Needs Midwives Today More Than Ever!
This is so incredibly true. I listened to a birth story yesterday that really made me think about the irreplaceable value of skilled midwifery care. Truly, there is no substitute for it---while, yes, some women also need OB care, I really think all women deserve midwifery care (so, even those high-women who need to see OBs or who need to have cesareans, they still deserve a midwife too!)
On a related note, an online friend/colleague of mine, Kelli Haywood, just wrote a great article about the closing of rural maternity wards and made a clear case for why we need more midwives (now more than ever!).