MY MIDWIVES ASSOCIATION: Afghanistan - Pashtoon Zyaee

Advocacy - The Game Changer

In the first of a series of blogs outlining the benefits of joining fellow midwives as part of a Midwifery Association to push for change, Pashtoon Zyaee tells how she influenced Afghanistan government policy on midwifery education in two hours of face to face advocacy. 

"Best Midwife" competition takes place in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe

IDM Tajikistan

The Midwives Association of Tajikistan held a ‘Best Midwife’ competition on May 5th, the…

Dreams for Birth: ICM Goodwill Ambassador, Her Excellency, Toyin Saraki

 My Dream for Birth

toyin saraki

“In my dream for childbirth, I  would start even before pregnancy. I would like to see a…

Dreams for Birth: Maria del Carmen Caceres Tena

My dream for childbirth is that when a woman has someone who respects her, will not judge her, who accompanies her and her feelings whatever those are, and who protects her privacy, TRUST appears. Then her dreams for the birth are met.

How Ebola affects Midwives in Liberia and Sierra Leone

As the Ebola epidemic rages on, it greatly affects midwives in their work to care for pregnant women, mothers and their babies. Since the Ebola crisis the health system has been crutched and in many ways and the efforts to improve maternal and newborn health have been undermined. “In Liberia too many health workers contracted the virus and died just like that”, says Anita Varney, Assistant Secretary…

"Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on"

ICM President Frances Day-Stirk reflects on the events in 2014 and looks towards a 2015 full of work for improved maternity care for the women, babies and families of the world.

"Sharing the Joy of the Baby's Progresses with the Midwife"

A mother and father of a premature baby reflect on their experiences they had with their midwife before and after birth of their son at 32 weeks.

“It is the task of the midwife, where there are women and children, that is where we go”

A young Indonesian midwife shares with us why she is going to work in a hard to reach area, what challenges she is expecting and what impact she hopes to have. Her writing has only been marginally changed to keep it as authentic as possible.

Village Office turned Maternity Ward

Revolutionary project re-engages retired midwives who have returned to their communities and trains 300 midwives on emergency skills in Tanzania to save the lives of women and babies.

Cathy Warwick General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives led a study tour to South Africa

In a guest blog Cathy Warwick reflects on the study tour she led to South Africa and compares the challenges with the circumstances in the UK and Australia