International Confederation of Midwives – ICM
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.
The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) supports, represents and works to strengthen professional associations of midwives throughout the world. There are currently 132 Midwives Associations, representing 113 countries across every continent. ICM is organised in six regions:
- Africa (Anglophone and Francophone)
- Americas (North America & Caribbean and Latin America)
- Western Pacific
- Eastern Mediterranean
- South East Asia
- Europe (Northern, Central and Southern)
Together these associations represent 500,000 midwives globally.
ICM is an accredited non-governmental organisation and represents midwives and midwifery to organisations worldwide to achieve common goals in the care of mothers and newborns. ICM works closely with the WHO, UNFPA and other UN Agencies; global professional health care organisations including the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the International Pediatric Association (IPA), the International Council of Nurses (ICN), non-governmental organisations; bilateral and civil society groups.