The Bangladesh Midwifery Society (BMS) celebrated its third foundation day last week. It was founded in August 2010 by 24 founding members who were all part of the first batch of the newly introduced 6-months post-basic Certificate in Midwifery programme for nurse-midwives.The Government of Bangladesh initiated this programme to scale up nursing as a first step in meeting the need to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. The initiative was coordinated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Bangladesh Nursing Council with the support of WHO and UNFPA.
In 2013, three years after their foundation, the Bangladesh Midwifery Society has 770 members. During this time BMS members have assisted in various activities within the country to raise awareness on midwifery. Several board members of the BMS taught in the 6-month post-basic Certificate in Midwifery programme. They have been involved in the trainingof trainers (ToT) programme and in the establishment and implementation of the 3-year direct entry Diploma in Midwifery programme. This programme started in December 2012 with 525 students in 20 centers across Bangladesh. The BMS has become a member of the ICM. They support the Bangladesh Nursing Council’s initiative to introduce ICM international standards in midwifery education to ensure well qualified midwives in the country. BMS board members are involved in policy discussions to establish midwifery as an autonomous profession in the country and the region. Every year the BMS is actively involved in the celebrations at the International Day of the Midwives in the capital city and in 2013 in ten other districts supported by UNFPA and the Bangladesh Government.
Before celebrating their 3rd foundation day, the BMS board and founding members jointly decided how the society will work in the future to develop high quality midwives and how to arrange the Annual General Meeting including the election procedure.
Objectives of the Bangladesh Midwifery Society
• To educate midwives who possess knowledge and competencies at the national standard and relevant to societal needs.
• To enhance the student to be a moral, accountable, self-directed and self-developed person who always provide quality midwifery services.
• To utilize knowledge in developing peoples quality to life and midwifery profession.
• To introduce the midwifery profession in health system and in the society effectively.
• To ensure qualified midwifery services.
• To enhance co-operation with national and international organizations.
• To liaise with legislative and regulatory bodies to uphold the professional practice.
• To promote research and development on midwifery services.
Halima Akhter –President BMS