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Crown Princess Mette-Marit thanks midwives for “important work” they do every day


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Crown Princess Mette-Marit thanked midwives for their work, marking International Day of the Midwife on Wednesday.

In a video message shared on the Norwegian Royal Family’s YouTube page, Crown Princess Mette-Marit said, “Midwives have one of the most important jobs in the world. You help at the beginning of life and ensure security and professionalism in one of the most vulnerable life situations for both mother and child.

“Everything is at stake.”

She continued, noting the challenges of midwifery and pointing out that they are always present and that their work “is about so much, among other things, it is about seeing everyone just as they are.”

Crown Princess Mette-Marit acknowledged how difficult the coronavirus pandemic has been, saying: “Life’s own rhythm has not been affected by the pandemic. Children have been born as usual. And parents and newborns have the same needs as otherwise. You have, under difficult working conditions, done your very best to meet these needs.

“Investing in midwives around the world is investing in children and maternity health. It is investing in a good and safe start in life. Yes, that is actually investing in life itself. Thank you so much for the important work you do every single day!”

The Crown Princess ended her message congratulating midwives again for their work.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit wasn’t the only royal acknowledge International Day of the Midwife. The Duchess of Cambridge shared a video conversation with Ugandan midwife Harriet Nayiga, considered a pioneer in the field.

Nayiga told Kate that her inspiration to become a midwife “is a zeal to help women bring new life into existence, and also provide support throughout, especially that goes beyond physical healing to the care of the soul.”

Kate told Nayiga, “You should be very proud of all your hard work and the effort it takes. I see your passion and dedication.”

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Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.