Awards for Midwives
The Marie Goubran Award
The purpose of the Marie Goubran Award is to assist in the furthering of midwifery education and practice in countries with special needs and limited funding opportunities, through the provision of grants, scholarships and awards to midwives who have demonstrated the potential to act as change agents in their region or country.
The Marie Goubran Award is presented to a midwife who has demonstrated leadership potential and commitment to childbearing women and their families in countries with special needs and limited funding opportunities.
ICM/Save the Children "Excellence in Midwifery" Award
This award seeks to recognize midwives who specialize in newborn care in low-resource settings and have demonstrated exceptional commitment to midwifery. The awards offer an opportunity to bring international attention to the achievements of midwives and the urgent need for more health workers. Winners will be identified and supported as new champions for maternal and newborn health, and encouraged to leverage the international attention to spur country-level action. The awards will be presented at the opening ceremonies of the 30th ICM Triennial Congress in Prague, Czech Republic from 1st-5th June, 2014.
The awards are sponsored by Save the Children and ICM, and given on behalf of EveryOne, Save the Children’s global campaign to save children’s lives, and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program (SNL), supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This is the fourth occasion this global award is presented. Read more about the award here.
ICM/USAID Family Planning Fellowship
ICM and USAID are working to identify and reward up to eight (8) FP Fellowships to midwives who have been or will be champions for family planning in USAID focus countries. With this Fellowship, ICM and USAID are recognizing the critical role that midwives play in advancing reproductive health in their countries and regions, and in particular the difference that midwives can make in reducing maternal mortality through increased provision of voluntary family planning services to women who desire them. The Fellowships are sponsored by USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, and given on behalf of the American People. This is the first occasion that USAID and ICM are sponsoring these Fellowships. Read more about the fellowships here.
Dorothea M Lang Award
The Award honors an exceptional CNM/CM who meet the following criteria:
ACNM member | Certified at least ten years | Has demonstrated vision and leadership, or is working innovatively within a set of criteria including:
1. Pioneering midwives who after 1958 demonstrated what midwifery care could and should be on the health team
2. Pioneering efforts to integrate midwives/midwifery into the health care system within the United States or internationally
3. Unsung heroes who initiated/rescued/enhanced/saved midwifery services or educational programs or are working to accomplish these goals
4. Visionaries who encouraged/created open-minded pathways in education for professional midwives or are working to accomplish this goal
5. Energetic anticipants who have furthered or are furthering the legislative agenda for ACCcertified midwives – CMs/CNMs full scope of practice on the team
6. Pioneers in other unique ways, with the approval of the Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Committee
The two recipients of the Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award in 2012:
Frances Ganges MPH, CNM. At the time of receiving the award, Frances was an ICM Board Member Americas Region and Director, Technical Oversight and Support at the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). Frances has been involved with numerous global programs, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. A midwife with more than 25 years' experience across 20 countries, in reproductive, community and maternal-newborn health projects with US and international organisations, including several Midwives Associations.
Debrah Lewis RN LM CNM MSC | ICM Vice-President Debrah is a former ICM Board member, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Midwives Association and a member of the Nursing Council. She is a founding member of the Trinidad & Tobago Association of Midwives and Midwife/Director of the Mamatoto Resource & Birth Centre. She has been a nurse for 34 years and a midwife for 26 years. She worked variously in New York, other countries, and served on multiple committees in the Ministry of Health, Nursing Council and other Non-Governmental Organisations.