Check out ICM’s September updates!

Check out ICM’s September updates!

資料發佈日期: 2023/09/12


Check out ICM’s September updates!



Young Midwife Leader alumni joins the ICM’s Staff

We are thrilled to announce Neha Mankani, global health practitioner and midwife based in Pakistan, as the Lead for ICM's Midwives Association Capacity Assessment and Strengthening Project. 

With a wealth of experience in SRHR, maternal and neonatal health, Neha has pioneered impactful work in clinical practice, programming, and midwifery advocacy.  

She was honored with the Heroines of Health Award in 2021 for her commitment to gender and health equity, and in 2023, the US Embassy recognised her with the Woman of Courage Award for her work on the emergency response during the catastrophic floods in Pakistan.  

Neha's focus on low-resourced settings, crisis reproductive health, and climate-affected communities has earned her a reputation as a true champion. 

As an alumnus of ICM’s Young Midwife Leaders Programme, Neha becomes the second YML to join ICM’s staff.  

Meet the ICM Staff

Dive into the World of Midwifery: Watch Recordings of ICM’s 33rd Congress Before Time Runs Out! 

There are only a few weeks left to watch recordings of sessions from the 33rd ICM Congress! If you didn't attend Congress in person, now is your chance to watch recordings of the sessions at a much lower price than a trip to Bali. Register now and enrich your midwifery knowledge. Recordings are available until 15 October 2023.

Watch now

Join ICM’s Staff as Communications Lead!

Are you a seasoned communications professional with a passion for making a difference in maternal-newborn health? We have an exciting opportunity for you! 

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is seeking a dynamic individual to fill the role of Communications Lead within our Advocacy and Communications team.  

This role demands a proactive and creative approach, along with impeccable attention to detail and outstanding written and verbal communication skills. Your ability to work inclusively and sensitively, adapting your communication style to diverse audiences, will be essential. 

If you're ready to take on a leadership role that combines your communications expertise with your passion for advocacy, we want to hear from you! 

Read the job description

Get Ready to Empower Your Reproductive Health: World Contraception Day!

As 26 September, World Contraception Day approaches, we're excited to share a special preview. This year's theme, "The Power of Options," underscores the transformative impact of having a range of contraceptive choices, empowering people to take control of their reproductive health and choices. 

Imagine a world where everyone has the freedom to choose from a variety of contraceptive methods, tailoring decisions to align with unique circumstances and aspirations. On World Contraception Day, we'll be diving into the significance of these choices in fostering autonomy, promoting informed decision-making, and advancing global efforts towards healthier societies. 

Mark your calendars, set your reminders, and get ready to embrace the power of options on World Contraception Day, 26 September.  

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Popular Vote Winners: Best Presentations at ICM Bali Congress

Attendees have chosen the top presentations and posters from the ICM Triennial Bali Congress. These standout contributions impressed audiences with their fresh perspectives and impactful research. Congratulations to the winners for your outstanding work! Your efforts enriched the conference and our collective pursuit of midwifery excellence.

Best Oral Presentations

O 106: Birth positions in midwife-led care in the Netherlands 
Kirsten Straathof (Netherlands) 

O 127: The effect of intrapartum epidural analgesia on birth outcomes: a twenty-year review in a Hong Kong university affiliated hospital 
Chit Ying Lai (Hong Kong)

Best Three-minute Thesis / Research / Practice Innovation Presentations

T 004: An evaluation of the introduction of a midwifery continuity of care model for women at increased risk of preterm birth 
Cristina Fernandez Turienzo (United Kingdom) 

T 007: Midwife-led continuity of care for obstetric safe surgery: key findings from Makueni County, Kenya 
Mary Muthengi (Kenya) 

Best Posters

PB-019: The “Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Demands” India Campaign reveals emerging priorities and aspirations of professional midwives in India 
Chaitanya Tupaki (India) 

PB-029: Creating positive perception and acceptance for the newly established cadre of midwives (nurse practitioners in midwifery) in India 
Aseema Mahunta (India) 

PB-147: Characteristics of annual midwifery scholarship webinars for Indonesian midwives: 2 years of experience 
Vita Ratna Sari (Indonesia) 

PB-200: The implementation of “beautiful birth boxes” in the enhanced care pathway for women and birthing people in South Wales 
Lauren Kearney (United Kingdom) 
Access the presentations

Join us for this month’s education opportunities!

We're delighted to remind you of the forthcoming sessions in our Alliance for Improving Midwifery Education (AIME) Webinar Series.

Upcoming Webinar Sessions

Date: September 12th 
Topic: Strengthen Faculty Standards and Curricula 

Date: September 26th 
Topic: Educate Students 

Date: October 10th 
Topic: Monitor, Evaluate, Review & Adjust 

If you’ve missed earlier webinars, fret not. Recordings and resources are available on ICM’s YouTube channel.
Register for AIME Webinars
Watch past sessions

Watch out for monthly Regional Professional Committee (RPCs) updates!

The ICM Regional Professional Committees (RPCs) were set up in 2022 to support the ICM to strengthen the midwifery profession regionally and globally, in alignment the ICM Professional Framework

There are six RPCs, one in each ICM region. Each RPC has nine members: two midwife educators, two midwife regulators, two midwife researchers, two practicing midwives, and one emerging midwife leader. One member of the Head Office Regional Team will also support each RPC. 

As operational committees, the RPCs will help build positive working relationships and networks within regions supported by our Regional Approach, uniting countries and regions using intelligence-led data to strengthen and direct the ICM's advocacy plans to meet the ICM Strategic Priorities. 

Read more about ICM’s governance

ICM Member Associations: Save the Date for your Regional Meeting!

The presidents and leaders of our Midwives’ Associations will receive shortly an invitation to attend one of six regional meetings taking place throughout September and October 2023. 

Each ICM MA, along with a specified number of its members, is invited to attend one of the below event dates:

Western Pacific: 27 September 2023, 7:30 - 10:30 CEST (14:30 – 17:30 Tokyo) 

Eastern Mediterranean: 28 September 2023, 11:00 - 14:00 CEST (12:00 – 15:00 Riyadh) 

South-East Asia: 29 September 2023, 9:00 - 12:00 CEST (14:00 – 17:00 Jakarta) 

Americas: 2 October 2023, 17:00 - 20:00 CEST (11:00 – 14:00 EDT / 12:00 – 15:00 Santiago de Chile) 

Europe: 2 October 2023, 11:30 - 14:30 CEST  

Africa: 3 October 2023, 15:00 - 18:00 CEST (15:00 – 18:00 Harare / 13:00 – 16:00 Bamako)  

For more information about these events, see the invitation your association will receive through its ICM contact person. 


Transforming Pregnancy Loss Care: A Vision for Global Bereavement Support Standards

The Independent Pregnancy Loss Review was commissioned by and reports to the Department of Health and Social Care for England (UK). It provides a vision for improving the care of families who experience pregnancy loss before 24 weeks, describing a system for providing sensitive, flexible, equitable, compassionate, accessible, personalised care to bereaved families, regardless of gestation.  

The review refers to the support that parents should receive including perinatal mental health and follow-up. The report also states that, on request, a Baby Loss Certificate should be provided by the Government. This should be provided for recent and historic losses.  

Watch out for our next newsletter that will include a contribution from the report’s authors about their aspiration for all women and gender diverse people globally to have this standard of bereavement support. 

Read more about the review and report
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