Stronger Together Webinar Series

The world is facing a global health pandemic with no clear end in sight. COVID-19 is putting immense pressure on already struggling global health systems. The parts of these systems devoted to caring for women are often the most fragile and underfunded, and as a result, they are currently the most at risk. Around the world, the pandemic is disrupting the provision of life-saving maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (MNCAH) services, eroding sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and exacerbating structural racial, ethnic and gender inequalities. Early data suggests that in low- and middle-income nations, the cutback in maternal care during COVID-19 could claim the lives of up to 113,000 women.

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), together with leading international partners in global development and health, will conduct a series of virtual conversations aimed at centering the voices and stories of midwives and women and inspiring a pathway toward strengthened and empowered maternal and newborn health sectors. 

Stronger together: a webinar series by and for midwives and women will consist of five digital events, the first of which took place last week on the peripheries of the  75th UN General Assembly and focused on learning from Indigenous Midwives. The remaining events will take place throughout October and November (see below event schedule).  

Deade of the Midwife Campaign: 2020, the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, is the springboard for the Decade of the Midwife, a 10-year campaign that centres midwives as the key to delivering SDG 3.1 (reducing maternal death to 70 per 100,000). From September to December we have a unique opportunity to ensure that we go into the next ten years equipped with the knowledge, understanding and support required to deliver a genuinely impactful campaign that can drive global efforts towards delivering SDG 3.

Stronger Together Webinar Series: 


Indigenous Midwives

The Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, in partnership with UNFPA and the International Confederation of Midwives, convened a discussion with an eminent panel of Indigenous midwives on the varying impacts of past and present maternal health service policies and health systems on Indigenous mothers and families; examples of successful policy changes and existing barriers towards improving Indigenous maternity care; and country-specific strategies used to enhance Indigenous midwifery care and the Indigenous midwifery workforce.

    • Date: Tuesday 22 September 
    • Time: 15:30 – 17:00 EST

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New & Student Midwives: Improving recruitment & retention

By actively listening to the experiences and perspectives of those who are newest to the profession, we can better understand how to strengthen the workforce for the future. This event will invite new and student midwives from a range of contexts to share their personal motivations for entering the profession, the challenges they have faced within it, and their views on how perceptions of midwifery as a career path can be improved within their own country/community.

    • Date: Tuesday 13 October 
    • Time: 15.00 - 16.30 BST

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Midwives in Leadership: Empowering countries, health systems and women. 

This event will discuss the need to establish well-resourced and adequately supported leadership positions for Midwives at all levels, including Chief Midwife positions. By centring the voices of  Midwives in leadership positions and decision-makers who supported these appointments, we hope to inspire others to advocate for the creation of more leadership positions for Midwives, while demonstrating to decision-makers how such appointments, when resourced appropriately, can reduce the number of maternal and newborn deaths in their country.

    • Date: Tuesday 27 October
    • Time: 15.00-16.30 BST 

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Women & Midwives: Nurturing the relationship between midwives and women

This conversation will bring together the voices of women and midwives in an innovative way with a focus on respectful maternity care and empowering women and all people who are pregnant and giving birth to make informed decisions. This session will celebrate the successes of the relationship between women and midwives whilst at the same time calling for change to make sure that every mother counts.

    • Date: TBC
    • Time: TBC

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Indigenous Midwifery Podcast Series 

ICM, together with UNFPA and The Wilson Center's Maternal Health Initiative (MHI) will produce a podcast and article series focused on Indigenous Midwifery. The series will be published on the award-winning blog, New Security Beat and will further engage the ICM audience, bringing widespread attention to and discussion of the importance of midwifery and the unique and vital role of Indigenous midwives.

  • Click here to access the first episode, featuring a conversation with two registered Māori Midwives from New Zealand.
  • Click here to access the second episode, featuring a conversation with Navajo Midwife, Nicolle Gonzales. 
  • Click here to access the third and final episode, featuring a conversation with First Nations Midwife, Mel Briggs. 


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