Awards for Midwives
Dorothea M Lang Award
Congratulations to ICM's two recipients of the 2012 Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award:
Frances Ganges MPH, CNM | ICM Board Member Americas Region Frances is also Director, Technical Oversight and Support at the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). Frances has been involved with numerous global programs, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. A midwife with more than 25 years' experience across 20 countries, in reproductive, community and maternal-newborn health projects with US and international organisations, including several Midwives Associations.
Debrah Lewis RN LM CNM MSC | ICM Vice-President Debrah is a former ICM Board member, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Midwives Association and a member of the Nursing Council. She is a founding member of the Trinidad & Tobago Association of Midwives and Midwife/Director of the Mamatoto Resource & Birth Centre. She has been a nurse for 34 years and a midwife for 26 years. She worked variously in New York, other countries, and served on multiple committees in the Ministry of Health, Nursing Council and other Non-Governmental Organisations.
The Award honors an exceptional CNM/CM who meet the following criteria:
ACNM member | Certified at least ten years | Has demonstrated vision and leadership, or is working innovatively within a set of criteria including:
1. Pioneering midwives who after 1958 demonstrated what midwifery care could and should be on the health team
2. Pioneering efforts to integrate midwives/midwifery into the health care system within the United States or internationally
3. Unsung heroes who initiated/rescued/enhanced/saved midwifery services or educational programs or are working to accomplish these goals
4. Visionaries who encouraged/created open-minded pathways in education for professional midwives or are working to accomplish this goal
5. Energetic anticipants who have furthered or are furthering the legislative agenda for ACCcertified midwives – CMs/CNMs full scope of practice on the team
6. Pioneers in other unique ways, with the approval of the Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Committee
The Marie Goubran Award
The purpose of the Marie Goubran Award is to assist in the furthering of midwifery education and practice in countries with special needs and limited funding opportunities, through the provision of grants, scholarships and awards to midwives who have demonstrated the potential to act as change agents in their region or country.
The Marie Goubran Award is presented to a midwife who has demonstrated leadership potential and commitment to childbearing women and their families in countries with special needs and limited funding opportunities.
ICM/Save the Children EVERY ONE Midwife Award
Watch this space for a future call for nominations....
In 2011 this Award was presented at the ICM Triennial Congress in Durban on behalf of EVERY ONE, Save the Children’s global campaign to save children’s lives, and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program (SNL), supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It identified and rewarded two midwives who were champions for newborn survival in those areas which experience the highest number of newborn deaths.
Eligible countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania.
About the Award
ICM together with Save the Children identified and rewarded two midwives who were champions for newborn survival in those areas which experience the highest number of newborn deaths. This was the third occasion that Save the Children presented a Midwife Award. The first winner was from Ethiopia and the second winners were from Malawi and South Africa – these exceptional women promoted change at scale against the odds. Working together ICM and Save the Children are working to demonstrate the difference that midwives can make for newborn survival.
Nominated midwives were required to:
• Be working in a low- or middle-income country that is high burden for maternal and neonatal deaths
(see list of qualifying countries above);
• Be actively working in the public or non-profit health sector, in clinical work, education, research or outreach, having an effect beyond one hospital or unit
• Provide an example of commitment to newborn care for example in training in essential newborn care, resuscitation, kangaroo mother care;
• Show compassion and empathy for women, newborns, families, as well as co-workers;
• Be a positive role model - dynamic, motivated, passionate, an agent for change;
• Remain up to date with current midwifery practice;
• Promote and participate in building a positive work environment, including staff growth, mentorship, learning and development.