Sweden received the first regulation for midwives, which stated that midwives in Stockholm should be trained, examined, and sear an oath, in 1711. To be bound by oath meant that always serve women no matter rich or poor, high or low born and never to disclose anything said in confidence and always support their colleagues.
The academic education of midwives in our country was a successful investment, which contributed to decrease maternal mortality as early as in the 19th century. Our history shows that a midwife can save lives and the educated midwives have meant more to the decrease of maternal mortality in Swedish history than any other medical discoveries.
Women have the right to survive pregnancy and childbirth. All people have the right to decide over their life and bodies. It is important to ensure that support from a midwife is not exclusively granted only to the few but should be something that everyone has excess to irrespectively of nationality, ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, religion or position in the society wherever we live in the world.
The Swedish Association of Midwives