The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) has developed a diverse range of professional standards and resources that serve as global benchmarks for quality midwifery services. These resources focus on midwifery education, regulation, association and competencies which guide and strengthen the development of the midwifery profession, midwifery services, and midwives themselves as the key providers of quality maternal and newborn care.
For the 2018 to 2021 period, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) , ICM will deliver a broad range of initiatives that will further contribute to the professionalisation of midwifery globally and the strengthening of ICM national member associations locally and regionally. The UNFPA project deliverables includes workshops at ICM regional conferences focusing on advocacy training and respectful maternity care as well as toolkits that provide ongoing resources for midwives in these areas.
This project will also support the development of mentorship guidelines and resources for the ongoing midwifery education development pathway. In 2019, under the auspices of this project we will also continue to develop training modules and processes for the ICM consultancy service, leading to the launch of the training service as an integrated online learning platform, later in the year.