Year of the Nurse and Midwife



The World Health Organization Designates 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

The Midwife Center is excited to share that 2020 has been designated by the World Health Organization as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

"Nurses and midwives are the backbones of every health system: in 2020 we’re calling on all countries to invest in nurses and midwives as part of their commitment to health for all.”- Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

In honor of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, we have planned a series of events centered around the importance of midwife-led care. Your investment through sponsorship will help The Midwife Center increase its impact on improving maternal health and infant health in our region. To be a sponsor for the events listed below, click on the 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife sponsorship link to register online to be a part of the events going on this year. 

Programs and Events 


Reclaiming the Legacy of the Grand Midwives: Honoring the Contributions of Black Women on Midwifery 

Saturday, March 7th, 2020 from 6 pm - 8 pm at The Midwife Center

 In honor of the Grand Midwives, a Multi-Media Art Collage created by Bekezela Mguni, Community Activist and Artist, will be unveiled and presented in the waiting room of The Midwife Center. The art piece will represent the legacy of the Grand Midwives that helped to shape and advance the knowledge of reproductive health in the US.

Visit The Witness page to see the art piece and to learn about all the Midwives represented. If you are interested in seeing unveiling please visiting Facebook or Flickr.

The Grand Midwives Legacy Conversations: Past Present and Future of Black Women and Maternal Health 

Due to these unforeseen events, we will reschedule this panel discussion for a later date. Please Stay Tuned!

Film screening and discussion centered on the racial disparities in maternal health and the history of the Grand Midwives. The conversation will be conducted with a local panel of women of color that are engaged in research and experience on the topic.

Year of the Nurse and the Midwife Celebration 

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 6 pm - 9 pm at Penn Market - Strip District 

This celebration is to honor and celebrate nurses and midwives from the past and present. Come and enjoy an evening of live entertainment, amazing food, and specialty craft cocktails with Midwife Center friends and supporters.

Thank you to our Sponsors 

Midwife Champion Sponsorship
VIP Sponsorship 
Legacy Builder Sponsorship 
Education Partner Sponsorship 

Dr. Janice Anderson & Pat Downey 

Vivian & Bill Benter

Verna Corey, ScD

Ebe Emmons 

Dr. Daniel Edelstone & Ms. Dodi Gross Walker

Nancy Reese 

Birth Center Advocate Sponsorship 

Dinnie Goldring 

Cathy Raphael

Lynne Reder

Judy Ruszkowski & Ken Regal 

Betsy Teti 

Janis Zentner