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The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics is the only organisation that brings together professional societies of obstetricians and gynecologists on a global basis. FIGO has a vision that women of the world achieve the highest possible standards of physical, mental, reproductive and sexual health and wellbeing throughout their lives.

ICM President Frances Day-Stirk, congratulates and welcomes on behalf of all ICM members, the new President of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran. Read the welcome here.

And farewells to the outgoing President...


October 7-12 Rome | XX FIGO Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Read the Reports here.

ICM President Frances Day-Stirk reinforced the indispensable role of midwives at the panel discussion Born Too Soon at the Congress. Frances said promoting autonomous midwives as the most appropriate caregivers for childbearing women and their newborn, and quality midwifery services, was the most effective means of achieving MDGs 4 & 5 for child survival and maternal health. Read here.

ICM/FIGO Joint Statement - Management of the Third Stage of Labour to Prevent Post-Partum Haemorrhage (November 2003). In English, French, Spanish

Read the statement of ICM and FIGO on the imprisonment of a Hungarian midwife

Read more on the Born Too Soon report


ICM-FIGO Joint Statement on Misoprostol for PPH Treatment

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the International Confederation of Midwives and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics are pleased to launch a joint statement on the use of misoprostol for the treatment of postpartum haemorrhage. 

This statement sets out the latest evidence on the use of misoprostol in low resource settings and calls all midwives and obstetricians to take concrete action in support of a woman’s right to access safe delivery services.

Read the statement in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic.