Queenslanders are being encouraged to recognise the work of the state's more than 6000 midwives on Friday by marking International Day of the Midwife.

Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union secretary Beth Mohle said the importance of midwives should never be underestimated as they help expectant mothers safely navigate one of life's major milestones.

"Increasingly more women are choosing to have a known midwife to provide care throughout pregnancy and birth in Queensland," she said.

The union - which recently underwent a name change to include a distinct reference to midwives - said there were 6789 midwives throughout Queensland.

Assistant secretary Sandra Eales, a midwife of three decades' experience, described the job as a privileged one.

"Midwives assist or support Queensland women, and women around the world, to decide how they want to birth their children,'' Ms Eales said.

"They are here to keep women and babies safe and to empower women throughout this time."

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