MÉRIDA, Yucatan, May 7, 2023.- In the framework of the International Day of the Midwife, which is commemorated on May 5, the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) is carrying out actions together with the medical staff to recognize this important figure.
They recalled that midwives, besides being dedicated to accompanying the mother during pregnancy, childbirth, and puerperium, monitor the proper development of the pregnancy and promote actions for the benefit of comprehensive maternal and child health.
The supervising physician of the IMSS-Bienestar program, Dr. Sulim Landa Ortega, reiterated the importance of the work performed by the traditional midwives, who not only help with pregnancy care, but also strengthen the habit of women to go to their clinic to receive prenatal care and thus have greater control over their state of health.
On the other hand, most of the time the service they provide is in the Mayan language, which is a great support for the mothers and their families.
Likewise, Dr. Landa added that the actions developed by the midwives are very well recognized in their communities, as they understand in depth the cultural and social codes based on the management of the same traditions, myths and customs; therefore, besides generating empathy, it is easier for them to guide, attend and encourage in their localities the habit of attending medical consultations in units and hospitals on time.