Happy holidays from ICM!

Happy holidays from ICM!

資料發佈日期: 2022/12/12


Would you or someone you know make a good candidate for a position on the ICM Board of Directors?

It’s that time again; The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is seeking new, competent candidates for its Regional Board Members to direct the vision, mission and strategy of ICM. The ICM Board comprises a President, Vice-President, and Treasurer and 6 Regional Board Members. The ICM Board is appointed by the ICM Council and serve a three-year term (with possibility of one tenure renewal). With the endorsement of their midwives’ association, any midwife may put themselves forward for nomination.
Read more and submit your application >>
Share the call for nominations on Twitter >>

Press Release: Midwives Speaking Out on COVID-19, ICM Global Survey, published in scientific journal PLOS ONE

Midwives speaking out on COVID-19: The ICM Global Survey has been peer-reviewed and published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. 

The paper is now open-access and explores the impact of the pandemic through the experiences of 101 #midwifery organisations worldwide. Representing midwives’ experiences in scientific publications is critical in ensuring midwives’ voices are heard, acknowledged and considered in health policy.

Read the full press release >>

Diverse pre-service midwifery education pathways in Cambodia and Malawi: A qualitative study utilising a midwifery education pathway conceptual framework

Educated and skilled midwives are required to improve maternal and newborn health and reduce stillbirths. There are three main approaches to the pre-service education of midwives: direct entry, post-nursing and integrated programmes combining nursing and midwifery. Within these, there can be multiple programmes of differing lengths and qualifications, with many countries offering numerous pathways.

ICM's Chief Executive Dr. Sally Pairman, Midwife Advisor for Education Erin Ryan, and Midwife Advisor Martha Bokosi contributed to this study, which explores the history, rationale, benefits and disadvantages of multiple pre-service midwifery education in Malawi and Cambodia. The objectives are to investigate the differences in education, roles and deployment as well as how key informants perceive that the various pathways influence workforce, health care, and wider health systems outcomes in each country. ???????????????? 

Read the full paper >>

Donate to WithWomen Charity this holiday season #GivingEveryTuesday

This month, in Midwives Stand #WithWomen, the holiday series, we will align with the #GivingEveryTuesday campaign to spotlight ICM member associations worldwide and demonstrate why #midwives are uniquely positioned to improve midwife-led care, enhance #GenderEquality in healthcare, and promote quality childbirth services around the world.

We hope you will join us in rallying awareness and funds for professional midwives’ associations and the women and families they serve.  

WithWomen is the first global fundraising platform providing individual donors with the opportunity to directly support the life-enhancing, life-saving work of ICM and its more than 140 midwives’ associations.

The funds raised by WithWomen will be used towards:  

  • Strengthening the capacity of ICM midwives’ associations
  • Strengthening education of midwives around the world
  • Providing direct, financial support to member associations in need, particularly those impacted by climate and/or humanitarian crisis. 
Read about ICM Member Associations Worldwide >>
Donate to WithWomen Charity >>
Share a WithWomen call for donations with your network >>

A lifelong passion for strengthening midwifery: Our interview with former ICM President, Bridget Lynch

One way to understand key developments in midwifery is to look at the career of former ICM President, Bridget Lynch. This midwife educator from Toronto, Canada, was the president of ICM from 2008 to 2011. During her term, there were significant advances for the ICM, including the development of global standards in education and regulation, the first ICM congress in Africa and the launch of the first State of the World’s Midwifery Report (SoWMy). It was also during her term that the UN health agencies (H4) identified the midwifery workforce as key to improving maternal and newborn health, as well as the need for 350,000 more midwives globally. 

As part of our centennial celebration, and our efforts to document the history of midwifery, we sat down with Bridget to explore how the profession evolved over her presidency and how her career contributed to the ICM we know today. 

Read the full interview with Bridget Lynch >>

Pass the Mic: Interview with Dr. Jewelles Smith on Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare for Persons with Disabilities

The needs and rights of disabled people have been deeply neglected; they frequently encounter obstacles in accessing services and information on sexual and reproductive health. Often, healthcare professionals are not prepared to provide the care that disabled people need.

This month, just in time for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we’re passing the mic to Dr. Jewelles Smith, a feminist disability activist, scholar, writer, and artist. Smith uses her voice to amplify the issues of human rights, disability and women through research, mainstream media, and education.

Watch the full interview with Dr. Jewelles Smith >>

ICM’s Western Pacific member associations join forces to support the Fiji Midwifery Society

As ICM member midwives’ associations (MAs) know, all MAs pay a regular membership fee that supports ICM’s work to strengthen professional associations of midwives worldwide. While national and economic contexts and circumstances vary and evolve with time, it occasionally happens that an ICM MA is unable to fulfil its membership contribution fee.

This was recently the case for the Fiji Midwifery Society (FMS), who has been an active member of ICM since 2019. 

The Australian College of Midwives and the New Zealand College of Midwives, however, didn’t want to see the FMS lose the benefits of its ICM membership, and therefore decided to join forces to pay FMS’ membership fees. Previously, the Australian and New Zealand Colleges of Midwives also supported the Papua New Guinea Midwifery Society when they were unable to meet ICM’s membership requirements.  

It's this type of international empathy and collaboration that makes ICM proud to represent its global community of midwives. ICM encourages all member midwives’ associations to stay aware of regional events and affairs and other associations’ challenges and to encourage dialogue between one another. 

Inquire about how to support midwives’ associations in your region >>

The Promotional Toolkit for ICM Triennial Congress in Bali is now available!

Go to our website and download social media graphics to promote the 33rd ICM Triennial Congress!

Promote the 33rd ICM Triennial Congress in Bali, Indonesia >>

Midwifery Education workshop held in Nairobi for East and Southern Africa Region

UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Offices, together with the Alliance to Improve Midwifery Education (AIME), hosted a regional midwifery education workshop in Nairobi Kenya from November 14-16th.

The workshop brought together AIME partners: UNFPA, WHO, UNICEF, ICM, LSTM, Jhpiego, Laerdal Global Health, USAID Momentum and midwifery representatives, including global, regional and country partners working on midwifery education to share and review new technical updates, resources, activity plans and share positive efforts being made to improve the quality of midwifery education. 

"The AIME workshop was timely, as it brought out the key issue which most midwives of today and educators are struggling with,” said Sarah Ngoma, President of the Midwives’ Association of Zambia (MAZ). "If every midwife can retain these key competencies and apply them in their clinical practice, many lives of women and babies will be saved.” 


Purchase the recently published book about the history of ICM!

For #ICM100, we're looking back at the #HistoryOfMidwifery ???? 

In this recently published narrative of ICM's organisational history, authors Joyce Thompson, Joan Walker, Ann Thomson, and Margaret Peters explore their findings of ICM over the years, using available archival information about ICM and midwifery. The book highlights how ICM has strengthened and supported its member associations in order to protect, promote, and empower #midwives and women. 

Please note with our sincere apologies the misspelling of Ann Thomson’s name in the previous edition of our newsletter. 

Download the book for Kindle ???????? >>

ICM Holiday Office Closure

As we make space for our member associations and head office team members worldwide to honour their respective celebrations this holiday season, we would like to inform you that ICM channels will be offline from 23 December 2022 to 3 January 2023

We wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.

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