Policy and Practice 

In this section you can find out about ICM’s commitment to its ongoing task to strengthen the midwifery profession’s contribution to improving the quality and increasing the capacity of professional care during pregnancy, childbirth, the post-partum/post-natal period and for family planning. ICM works to develop the leadership and advocacy capacities of Midwifery Associations. These Associations will enhance the ability of midwives worldwide to achieve the global objective of improving the health of women and families.

ICM’s Position Statements describe the beliefs and principles of the Confederation, along with guidance for its members, with regard to specific situations which may relate to the midwifery profession, maternal and newborn health, or broader issues where midwives or those they care for are involved. Some statements also set out guidance for the Confederation’s own activities.

All of our ICM Core Documents guide member associations and their governments to improve on the education and regulation of midwives and midwifery, and enable countries to review their midwifery curricula for the production and retention of a quality midwifery workforce. You can find all of these evidence-based documents in the section What We Do.

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