ICM envisions a world where every childbearing woman has access to a midwife's care for herself and her newborn.
To strengthen Midwives Associations and to advance the profession of midwifery globally by promoting autonomous midwives as the most appropriate caregivers for childbearing women and in keeping birth normal, in order to enhance the reproductive health of women, their newborns and their families.
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As the global representative body for midwives, ICM supports the capacity building of midwives and health systems around sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn health (SRMNH) to ensure that all women have access to competent and professional midwives who are appropriately educated, skilled, regulated and supported to provide quality midwifery care across all settings.
At a global level, ICM is a key stakeholder and partner towards the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. ICM’s work impacts on all 17 goals but in particular we focus on SDG 3 – Good Health and Wellbeing and SDG 5 – Gender Equality. ICM recognises the strategic importance of advocating for midwives to work close to where women live if women and their families are to equitably access quality midwifery services as a key component of achieving Universal Health Coverage.