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MIDWIFE, med. jur. A woman who practices midwifery; a woman who pursues the business of an account.
     2. A midwife is required to perform the business she undertakes with proper skill, and if she be guilty of any mala praxis, (q.v.) she is liable to an action or an indictment for the misdemeanor. Vide Vin. Ab. Physician; Com. Dig. Physician; 8 East, R. 348; 2 Wils. R. 359; 4 C. & P. 398; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 440; 4 C. & P. 407, n. a; 1 Chit. Pr. 43; 2 Russ. Cr. 288.

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The award is granted on the occasion of the International Nurses Day celebrated around the world on May 12, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.Meeting with the presidentThe award-giving ceremony was held under the auspices of President Andrej Kiska, who also met with the laureates on May 21."I've always been meeting with nurses and midwives with humbleness," Kiska said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
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"Whenever you remember that the patient is in the center and is the most important person in this situation, then midwives and doctors will strive to establish this common ground, this cooperation, because her health is the most important thing," BAczek said.
'Provincial government will make sure appointments of gynecologist in all district headquarters hospitals in Balochistan while midwives will be facilitated for their sacred services,' Saleh announced.
Afzal and other doctors said, facilities for midwives are being filled across the province to appease mother and children death in Balochistan, Midwives have always been provided their best services in health fields, Balochistan had been plunged under maternal deaths but trained midwives helping with doctors have decreased the level.
Throughout those 20 years I have worked with many fantastic midwives - Barbara is one of those."
International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) established the idea of the 'International Day of the Midwife' following suggestions and discussion among Midwives Associations in the late 1980s, then launched the initiative formally in 1992.
Theme of this year's commemorations is: "Midwives leading the way with quality care".
The invisibility of midwifery struck me again at the International Confederation of Midwives Congress in Toronto in June.
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The day was initially recognized by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) in celebration of the role of midwives and midwifery.