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International Confederation of Midwives

International Confederation of Midwives - Strengthening Midwifery Globally


The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) supports, represents and works to strengthen professional associations of midwives throughout the world. There are currently 108 national Midwives Associations, representing 95 countries across every continent. ICM is organised into four regions: Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe. Together these associations represent more than 300,000 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 children. These organisations include the WHO and other UN Agencies, global professional health care organisations including the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the International Paediatric Association (IPA), the International Council of Nurses (ICN), non-governmental organisations, bilateral and civil society groups.

MEAC conducted a thorough review of the ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education and the Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice as part of the 2013 review of MEAC Standards for Accreditation.  This review informed many of the revisions to the required curricula for accredited midwifery institutions and programs as well as the standards for accreditation.  You can read those revised MEAC documents under Accreditation Handbook.


ICM Core Documents