ICM welcomes new staff
Ms Ann Yates, is a New Zealand midwife, recently appointed as Lead Midwife Advisor, at the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) based in the Hague.
Ann’s midwifery experience spans 40 years in several countries in practice and senior leadership roles. Her career began as a New Zealand registered Nurse, during the early 1970s after which she pursued midwifery training in Scotland and continued to develop her career in her homeland New Zealand.
Ann became active in pursuing midwifery autonomy for her profession and joined the newly formed New Zealand College of Midwives. During the 1980s she started a home birth midwifery practice, and later negotiated a contract with her local maternity hospital to provide continuity of care when women were admitted for care.
She was joined by other colleagues over time and for the next two decades became actively involved in the promotion of normal childbirth, choice for women, and the development of the midwifery profession through the New Zealand College of Midwives. Ann became the President of New Zealand College of Midwives in 2010.
After 10 years of senior leadership and management at New Zealand’s largest tertiary maternity hospital, Ann moved to Papua New Guinea as part of an Australian funded, national maternal child health initiative, to improve the number and quality of midwives in Papua New Guinea. This project spanned four years and provided important insights into capacity building, education and development.. This included acquisition of new approaches to education, teamwork and leadership, experiences of cultural safety and cross cultural communication, addressing major gender and equity issues, extreme poverty and poor education within the community as well as within the team of health professionals.
It was during this time Ann provided important support and mentoring to develop the Papua New Guinea Midwifery Society, supported by Australian College of Midwivesa and ICM twinning project. The Papua New Guinea Midwifery Society held its inaugural symposium in November 2015 and has continued to grow in strength.
When she returned to Australia, Ann was appointed to another senior leadership role in Western Sydney and has undertaken short-term projects, implementing continuity of midwifery care to women in the Torres Strait and far north Queensland.
Ann has four adult children and a grand daughter. She enjoys entertaining and gardening at her home on Waiheke Island, New Zealand.
Florence West joins the ICM team as a Midwife Advisor, responsible for the 50, 000 Happy Birthdays project supported by Laerdal Global Health.
Florence is a midwife with over 15 years of experience partnering with midwives in diverse country contexts, providing technical support to strengthen clinical practice, education and regulation. With her project management background, Florence has contributed technical midwifery knowledge and skills to multi-disciplinary teams in order to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes. She has worked in the Western Pacific, South East Asia and Africa regions and is aware of the context in which midwives work globally.
She recently been working as an Independent Midwifery Consultant, conducting monitoring and evaluation of maternal, newborn and child health projects and supporting the professional development of midwifery educators in low and lower-middle countries. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Nursing, Midiwfery Graduate Diploma, Master of Public Health and PhD Midwifery.
Florence is excited to move to The Hague and join the ICM team. In her spare time, she likes to practice yoga and play football with her son.