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International Confederation of Midwives Education Standing Committee: Joint Expertise for Midwifery Education

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The Education Standing Committee (ESC) supports the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) in defining and safeguarding its educational requirements at global, regional, and national levels. Begun in 2005, it was reestablished and expanded at the 28th ICM Triennial Congress in Glasgow, Scotland, 2008. Currently, the committee consist of three cochairs: Prof. Dr. Mary Barger (Americas/Africa), Prof. Dr. Susan McDonald (Asia Pacific), and Prof. Dr. Ans Luyben (Europe), and 26 other members covering the ICM regions.

ESC member work takes place within several categories, including strategic planning, program planning, networking, initial midwifery education/higher education, ICM competencies and standards of practice and education, practice and placements, development and transfer/exchange of students, and safe motherhood educational issues. Midwifery educators communicate through the Education Network (

Current activities include contributing to the development of the Global Standards for Midwifery Education, contributing to the World Health Organization (WHO) Multidisciplinary Patient Safety Curriculum, and preparing workshops for the 2011 ICM conference in Durban, South Africa.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-06-01

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