State of the World’s Midwifery:
International Strategies for Strengthening Midwifery To Improve the Health of Women and Babies

Francis Ganges, MPH, CNM presented on March 17th at 11:00am.

In June 2011, a landmark report on the “State of the World’s Midwifery”, coordinated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), revealed the high rates of maternal, fetal and newborn mortality in 58 countries around the world.  This information has now become a focus of global efforts to realize the right of every woman to the best possible health care during pregnancy and childbirth, and is a clarion call to increase the numbers of skilled, educated and competent midwives throughout the world.   The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is working with countries and regions, including midwifery organizations in the U.S., to implement the new global standards for midwifery education, regulation and association in order to strengthen midwifery and meet the needs of women worldwide.