The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) supports, represents and works to strengthen professional associations of midwives throughout the world. There are currently 140+ Members Associations, representing 124 countries across every continent. We aim 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.
ICM is at a pivotal juncture in its organisational history. ICM’s new strategic plan positions ICM to more effectively deliver on its mission, and outlines a vision for the future that is both realistic and aspirational. A forward looking strategy for ICM offers an exciting opportunity for the organisation to build on the current strengths and successes, while being proactive and innovative about the vision for the future of the midwifery profession, and the critical role that midwives play in supporting mothers and newborns, and in turn families, men, and communities.
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For over 125 years, JOHNSON’S® has been dedicated to helping every baby be healthy from the very first day, pioneering research to advance the latest evidence-based science related to healthy baby development, including daily care routines.
Committed to your professional education and advancement, we are bringing new, interactive learning opportunities to you – before, during and after the conference.
Midwives provide essential healthcare for families around the world, and JOHNSON’S®, along with other Johnson & Johnson Consumer Healthcare brands, respects and values all you do, every day. We wish you a memorable congress!
UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. UNFPA’s mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA calls for the realization of reproductive rights for all and supports access to a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services, including voluntary family planning, quality maternal health care and comprehensive sexuality education. In 2018, UNFPA launched efforts to achieve three ambitious transformative results: Ending unmet need for family planning; ending preventable maternal deaths; and ending gender-based violence and harmful practices
World Health Organization
Better health for everyone, everywhere
We are building a better, healthier future for people all over the world.
Working with 194 Member States, across six regions, and from more than 150 offices, WHO staff are united in a shared commitment to achieve better health for everyone, everywhere.
Together we strive to combat diseases – communicable diseases like influenza and HIV, and noncommunicable diseases like cancer and heart disease.
We help mothers and children survive and thrive so they can look forward to a healthy old age. We ensure the safety of the air people breathe, the food they eat, the water they drink – and the medicines and vaccines they need.
Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a research-driven, specialty biopharmaceutical group committed to helping people around the world build families and live better lives. Headquartered in Saint-Prex, Switzerland, Ferring is a leader in reproductive medicine and maternal health, and in specialty areas within gastroenterology and urology. Ferring has been developing treatments for mothers and babies for over 50 years and has a portfolio covering treatments from conception to birth. Founded in 1950, privately-owned Ferring now employs approximately 6,500 people worldwide, has its own operating subsidiaries in nearly 60 countries and markets its products in 110 countries.
Learn more at www.ferring.com, or connect with us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
MSD for Mothers
MSD for Mothers is our company’s $500 million initiative to help create a world where no woman has to die while giving life. Applying MSD’s business and scientific resources, we collaborate with partners to improve the health and well-being of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. For more information, visit www.msdformothers.com.
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals.
Midwifery publishes the latest peer reviewed international research to inform the safety, quality, outcomes and experiences of pregnancy, birth and maternity care for childbearing women, their babies and families. The journal’s publications support midwives and maternity care providers to explore and develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes informed by best available evidence.
Midwifery provides an international, interdisciplinary forum for the publication of advances in evidence, controversies and current research, and promotes continuing education. Articles cover the cultural, clinical, psycho-social, sociological, epidemiological, education, managerial, workforce, organizational and technological areas of practice in preconception, maternal and infant care, and maternity services.
Women and Birth (the official journal of the Australian College of Midwives) publishes on matters relating to pregnancy, birth, and the first six weeks post-partum. We focus on primary research papers, systematic reviews and research-informed and critiqued discussion papers. Our woman-centred focus is inclusive of the partner, wider family, and the baby. The journal seeks papers that take a woman-centred focus on midwifery practice, research, theory, education, management and leadership, maternity service provision, maternal and newborn health, respectful maternity care, breastfeeding, primary health care and relevant aspects of psychology, sociology, human rights and health economics.
Group B Strep International
Group B Strep International’s mission is to promote awareness and prevention of group B strep (GBS) disease in babies not only at birth, but during pregnancy and through early infancy.
To help achieve our mission, we are hosting an online conference on GBS disease to coincide with July being International Group B Strep Disease Awareness Month. We have also developed a variety of patient materials to help parents help protect their babies from the devastating effects of GBS disease.
We are looking forward to chatting with you to share our patient materials, discuss how to best help protect babies at all stages from GBS disease, and learn how we can best help you promote GBS disease awareness and prevention in your practice!
Jhpiego is a nonprofit global leader in the creation and delivery of transformative health care solutions that save lives. In partnership with national governments, health experts and local communities, Jhpiego builds health providers’ skills, and develops systems that save lives now and guarantee healthier futures for women and their families. The aim is revolutionizing health care for the planet’s most disadvantaged people.
As an affiliation of John Hopkins University, Jhpiego has started program interventions in maternal and newborn babies’ health care in Indonesia since 1980.
Jhpiego – a Johns Hopkins University Affiliate – is a nonprofit global leader in the creation and delivery of transformative health care solutions that save lives. In partnership with national governments, health experts and local communities, Jhpiego builds health providers’ skills and develops systems that save lives now and guarantee healthier futures for women and their families.
Informed by scientific discovery, technical know-how and best practices, Jhpiego translates decades of experience into moments of care that mean the difference between life and death: the moment a woman gives birth, the moment a midwife helps a newborn to breathe, the moment a nurse screens for cervical cancer with a simple vinegar swab, the moment a community health worker tests a man for HIV and reports that he is virus-free.
We are committed to supporting countries in their journey to self-reliance, and building healthy families and resilient communities.
Concept Foundation is an international not for profit organization with the mission to identify, innovate and enable equitable access to quality-assured, affordable, and essential Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) medicines and technologies in LMICs.
Over the past three decades, Concept Foundation has been transformational in the SRH field by expanding the method mix of modern contraceptive methods and essential maternal health medicines available to women in LMICs that are safe, effective, and affordable.
In parallel with ongoing efforts to reduce Post-Partum Haemorrhage (PPH) in LMICs, we are working with partners that include WACI Health – an African regional advocacy organization striving to ensure equitable access to healthcare for all in Africa. We are developing comprehensive national and regional strategies to strengthen systems for WHO-recommended PPH medicines procurement as well as updating guidelines and policies to improve access to quality PPH care across the African region. The role of midwives in managing PPH is critical and together with WACI Health, we are excited to engage and share learnings from our project.
Griffith University is one of Australia’s largest multi-campus universities and home to 50,000 students who enjoy an internationally recognized high standard in teaching and research. Griffith is ranked in the top 2% of universities globally.
Our Nursing and Midwifery School is ranked No. 2 in the world and No. 1 in Australia in the 2020 Shanghai World University rankings by subject.
As internationally renowned leaders in midwifery education and maternity research, we aim to drive the transformation of maternity services to better meet the needs of women and families.
International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE) ® is a non-profit organisation that offers a global certification in lactation. IBLCE is governed by a voluntary board which comprises of professionals from all over the world. There are over 33,400 currently certified International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) from over 125 countries world wide. IBCLCs come from a varied background such as midwives, nurses, doctors mother support counsellors, speech and language therapists, to bring their unique skills and knowledge to the lactation team, supporting mothers and their families to achieve their breastfeeding goals.
Save the Children
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.
Quality Maternal & Newborn Care Research Alliance
Midwifery: Knowledge to Action @ YALE (www.qmnc.org)
We are an alliance of researchers, clinicians, advocates, and policymakers that developed out of the seminal 2014 Lancet Series on Midwifery. Our VISION is a world in which equitable and quality maternal and newborn care for all is advanced through the promotion, conduct, and translation of research that underpins optimal quality maternal and newborn care and that examines the integral role of midwifery. Our MISSION is to collaborate in global research that promotes, generates, and translates knowledge, particularly of the integral role of midwifery, in order for women, childbearing people, and all childbearing families to survive, thrive, and transform lives.
American College of Nurse-Midwives
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is the professional association of certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM sets the standard for excellence in midwifery education and practice in the United States and strengthens the capacity of midwives in developing countries. Our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health.
Self-Care Trailblazer Group (SCTG)
The Self-Care Trailblazer Group (SCTG) is a global coalition dedicated to expanding the safe and effective practice of self-care so that individuals can better manage their own health, health outcomes are improved, and health systems are better equipped to achieve universal health coverage. The SCTG envisions a world where the practice of self-care leads to a more inclusive, equitable, and people-centered approach to optimizing health and well-being across the globe. There are currently more than 150 organizational members of the SCTG, including donors, implementers, advocates, and researchers from around the world. Midwives are essential partners in promoting effective self-care, equipping people to follow best medical practices, and driving awareness of how patients can safely contribute to their own health.
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