Education Core Documents

The first pillar of a strong midwifery profession is Education to provide a highly competent, qualified workforce.

WHO Christopher Black Aghanistan

Faizabad Midwifery Training School, Aghanistan, trainer Farzana Darkhani uses a mannequin to show students how to stop post-partum bleeding by hand. Photograph: WHO Christopher Black

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Developing the Standards

The ICM Council Decision in 2008 was to establish the Global Standards for Midwifery Education. This was driven by many factors including:

  • many individuals are using the ‘title’ midwife.
  • education and quality of education varies.
  • the scope of practice and practice competencies vary.
  • many countries needing midwives do not have a midwifery education program.

The definition of a "standard" is: “a norm/uniform reference point that describes a required level of achievement or performance.”

The purpose of the midwifery standards is to set quality indicators based on global expectations. They provide a framework for design, implementation, and evaluation of the ongoing quality of a programme:

  • align with regulatory bodies’ scope of midwifery practice.
  • hold midwifery programme accountable to public.
  • meet national and local workforce needs for qualified midwives.

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