ICM has a critical role in lobbying for the provision of the highest quality of care to women, their babies and their families. ICM works with key international stakeholders and lobbies widely to achieve its vision and goals to improve women's health globally and secure women's rights and access to midwifery care before, during and after childbirth; to promote and strengthen the midwifery profession; and to promote the aims of the Confederation internationally.  

See the three pillars of a strong profession achieved through ICM's work and advocacy for education, regulation and association development.

Midwives lobby for quality care and access 


Strengthening collaboration with partners

October 10 Rome | XX FIGO Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics
ICM President Frances Day-Stirk reinforces the indispensable role of midwives at the panel discussion Born Too Soon.  Frances said promoting autonomous midwives as the most appropriate caregivers for childbearing women and their newborn, and quality midwifery services, was the most effective means of achieving MDGs 4 & 5 for child survival and maternal health. She re-affirmed the commitment of ICM to working towards enhancing the reproductive health of women, and the health of their newborn, including preventing preterm birth and care for premature babies.

Capacity building with partners

Photograph: Representatives from ICM, UNFPA, WHO with the Ethiopia Minister 

22 September 2012 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Midwifery Programme mid-year review and Technical Capacity Building Workshop

“The sorts of achievements in health needs we want to realise require effective partnerships, and commitment with good working relationships between ICM/ UNFPA; UNFPA Headquarters and country offices; and the technical expertise of the Ghana team, the Country Midwifery Associations and the Programme as a whole, as well as Government commitment,” ICM Presdient Frances Day-Stirk.

High level advocacy and networking

Photograph: Some of New York's most powerful women joined to to make a difference to mothers and babies around the world.

September 2012, New York | ICM Board member Debrah Lewis represented the ICM voice at the Women's Breakfast for Maternal Health, a side event  to coincide with UN General Assembly in September, 2012 organised by the White Ribbon Alliance.  See on You Tube

Contributing to national policy development and supporting relationships with partners

Call to Action: Midwives SaveLives
5000 midwives call on governments at the UN General Assembly to commit to increased investment in midwifery education and employment

Call to Action:

At their April meeting, G8 Development Ministers made a promise to the world's mothers and children...

Call to Action:

Global Leaders at the United Nations Secretary General's meeting 22 September

5-6 June - A Global Call to Action:

Strengthen Midwifery to Save Lives and Promote Health of Women and Newborns

Photograph: Gordon Brown holding letter from healthworkers

Call to Action G8: PNMCH

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 “We can save many more lives by collaboration" FIGO President Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran


Stand up for African Mothers