Education Standing Committee

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) works at global, regional and national levels to define and safeguard educational requirements relating to midwifery. The ICM Education Standing Committee promotes the international standardization of midwifery education to support the development and expansion of high quality and effective undergraduate and post graduate midwifery education programmes. It also oversees the production of the resources required to support these standards and their effective implementation internationally.

The Education Standing Committee works with other ICM Standing Committees (Research Standing Committee and Regulation Standing Committee) to support the goals of ICM through strengthening midwifery education  and supporting the role of the midwife as an educator. This is achieved through the expertise of its committee members and providing a platform for sharing resources and teaching strategies. Examples of this work include defining global standards for midwifery, dissemination and implementation of midwifery competencies and educational standards, and offering workshops and trainings to midwives and educators based on specific requirements.

Members of the Education Standing Committee

ESC members are experienced educators in midwifery and are members of a national midwifery association, who contribute to the work of the ICM in strengthening midwifery education.
View the current ICM Education Standing Committee members here

Name

Region

Role

Mary Barger

Americas/USA

co-chair

Ans Luyben

Europe/ Switzerland

co-chair

Susan McDonald

Asia Pacific/Australia

co-chair

Elgonda Bekker

Africa/ South Africa

committee member

Margaritha Kindl

Europe/ Austria

committee member

Mary Barger

Americas/USA

committee member

Joeri Vermeulen

Europe/ Belgium

committee member

Gloria Seguranyes

Europe/ Spain

committee member

Kate McHugh

Americas/USA

committee member

Gillian Aston

Europe/ England

committee member

Tokiko Oishi

Asia Pacific/ Japan

committee member

Tina Harris

Europe/ England

committee member

Atf Gherissi

Africa/ Arab Region/ Tunisia

committee member

Angelo Morese

Europe/ Italy

committee member

Nadia Zanon Narchi

Americas/ Brazil

committee member

Manju Chhugani

Asia Pacific/ India

committee member

Geraldine McDaid

Europe/ Ireland

committee member

Elma Paxton

Europe/ Scotland

committee member

Joanne Gray

Asia Pacific/ Australia

committee member

Michelle Butler

Europe/ Ireland

committee member

Marianne Nieuwenhuijze

Europe/ Netherlands

committee member

Sally Pairman

Asia Pacific/ New Zealand

committee member

Kuldip Bharj

Europe/ England

committee member

Mieke Embo

Europe/ Belgium

committee member

Andrea Stiefel

Europe/ Germany

committee member

Siiri Polluumaa

Europe/ Estonia

committee member

Kim Campbell

Americas/ Canada

committee member

Susanne Simon

Europe/ Germany

committee member


Education Network

The ESC has also created an Education Network (EN), a virtual social community of midwifery educators, comprising educators working in associations, practice, and schools who share resources, educational tools, and help problem-solve members’ questions and needs.

Join the Education Network

If you believe that you can assist the Educational Network in their work in midwifery education, join the Education Network by subscribing here.

Current initiatives

The Education Standing Committee is currently carrying out a scoping survey around initial midwifery education and practice placements worldwide. Click here to complete the survey.

Key ICM Midwifery Education documents:

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