Back 10 December 2013

What is a midwife?

On Saturday 7th of December, ICM hosted a workshop for 40 participants from the following countries: Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Mauritius, Madagascar, Malawi, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The workshop's goal was to identify the strengths, challenges, facilitators and barriers of midwifery education in the respective countries. To enrich the thinking process, participants were asked to draw their very own concept of  "midwife" on a flipchart. The many different drawings reflected the different concepts participants brought with them from their countries. There were women holding each others hands, the midwife as the tree that gives shadow and invites to rest, and midwives who looked like a mix of a kangaroo and a lion because they have so many different tasks to fulfill. You can view the pictures here

ICM presented the International Definition of a Midwife, which contributed to the lively discussion of midwifery education among the participants. Furthermore, participants were also introduced to the Standard Equipment List for Competency-based Skills Training and how best to use it. A common denominator in the discussions was the need to separate midwifery from nursing and to raise the profile for midwifery as it's very own profession. One of the suggested strategies to raise the profile of midwifery and trademark the profession that was presented during the workshop focusing on media skills. Participants were introduced to journalism concepts and were given techniques how to enhance their interaction with the media. 

The following day, ICM conducted a training on "Helping Mothers Survive Bleeding After Birth", which was made possible through Laerdal's donation of the prize money for the INDEX: Award 2013 in August. The award focuses on designs improving the lives of people all over the world and Laerdal won in the category "Body" for the development of the Natalie collection, a MammaNatalie and a BabyNatalie. On Tuesday participants were trained in "Helping Babies Breathe" with the BabyNatalie. It is the first time since the completion of the Natalie collection that the two trainings "Helping Mothers Survive Bleeding After Birth" and "Helping Babies Breathe" have been combined for the same participants in one place. ICM would like to express its gratitude to Laerdal for the generous donation of the prize money to make these two workshops possible. 


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