News Archive 2010

7 June 2010 - Some of the world's most influential midwives, along with partner organisations such as UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, JHPIEGO and FIGO have called on Governments to provide midwife education and training in the essential competencies for basic midwifery practice. The Washington 'summit' also concluded that legislative and regulatory frameworks had to be strengthened to ensure appropriate standards of practice. Read the full News Release...

Washington D.C., 7 June 2010 - A Global Call to Action by midwives and other health professionals of the world and development partners will be launched today by UNFPA Executive Director, Thoraya Obaid, and ICM President, Bridget Lynch, during the 2010 Women Deliver Conference. ICM Secretary General, Agneta Bridges, and the entire ICM Board are in attendance for this important event. 

ICM President opens Midwifery World Summit in Washington.

Washington D.C., 5 June 2010. In her opening remarks to the Midwifery global Symposium on Strengthening Midwifery, ICM President, Bridget Lynch, challenged the use of 'ad-hoc' arrangements in countries where midwifery duties were being undertaken without midwifery education or supervision. Read the Full News Release.

ICM participates in launch of the Mothers’ Night Campaign. On April 8th, in The Hague, the Netherlands, 15 Dutch female parliamentarians were offered “breakfast in bed” by Joris Voorhoeve, president of Oxfam-Novib, to raise awareness of the need for accelerated action to reach MDG5 by 2015. A Campaign song "May all the children” was premiered during the event.
ICM President visits Haiti. In February, in the aftermath of the devasting earthquake that struck Haiti, ICM President, Bridget Lynch, accompanied by Josée Angela Sam, President of the Haiti Midwives Association, travelled to Port au Prince. Read the full trip report.

ICM-UNFPA-BRAC Workshop held in Dhaka, Bangladesh (20-24 March 2010) to strengthen midwifery to save the lives of mothers and Newborns in South Asia. Read the Press Release.

WHO: The Red Box, an education and training resource package for scaling-up professional competencies of primary health care providers. The package includes the BBC "Fight for Life" series of videos, which chronicles the difficulties experienced in the lives of women giving birth in developing countries. 

November 2009: MDG5 Meshwork launches First Newsletter.

USAID, FIGO, ICM, and ICN sign Consensus Statement on Family Planning as a Key Component of Post Abortion care. Click here to read the USAID press release

UNFPA-ICM Midwives' Programme: September 2009 Update.

New approaches to researching and improving safety in maternity care: Call for papers to a special issue of Midwifery. Deadline: February 1, 2010. For details click here

Women Deliver Conference Scholarships to attend 2010 Global Conference: Delivering solutions for girls and women. Washington DC, 7-9 June 2010. Deadline for Applications: 15 December 2009. 

WHO issues Country Profiles for maternal and newborn health. Click here to view profiles. 

The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement has launched a comprehensive new toolkit to assist maternity units in achieving low caesarean section rates while maintaining safe outcomes for mothers and babies. 

Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What it is and What it can Achieve 

International expert group meeting on the role of the UNPFII in the implementation of article 42 of the UN Declaration on the Rigths of Indigenous Peoples. (Document contains English, Spanish and French.) 

Supporting the delivery of cost-effective interventions in primary health-care systems in low-income and middle-income countries: an overview of systematic reviews.

Midwifery/Repro Health Education Database.

Research Methods and Reporting: Developing and evaluating complex interventions: the new Medical Research Council guidance.


UNICEF Press Release "India's Silent Tragedy: Maternal Mortality Finds a Voice" 

Press Release "USAID bans contraceptive supplies to Leading Family Planning Organisation" 


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