As the UK gears up for the general election, voting is set to start in another hotly-contested poll – the Royal College of Midwives’ annual cake competition.
The contest is among events to mark International Day of the Midwife today designed to celebrate the profession and highlight its vital role.
In the past the RCM’s bake-off has inspired impressive feats of creativity with midwives recreating elements of their daily work in icing and vivid techicolour, including births, placentas and scenes inside the womb.
Photos of the entries will be displayed on the college’s Facebook page with voting due to start today and the winner announced on June 5.
Participants are encouraged to sell slices of their cakes to raise money for the International Confederation of Midwives, which established the global awareness day.
The RCM is also staging an International Day of the Midwife conference in Edinburgh, which will explore challenges in midwifery around the world.
Meanwhile midwifery teams across the UK will be running activities designed to raise the profile of their services under this year’s theme: “Midwives, for a better tomorrow.”
At the weekend, leading midwives and researchers from different countries took part in a 24-hour online conference highlighting developments in the field.
International Day of the Midwife was first celebrated 5 May, 1991, and has since been observed in over 50 nations around the world.