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The International Confederation of Midwives: A Global Framework for Midwifery Education, Regulation, and Professional Practice

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Members of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Council (2008) agreed to set several goals to be accomplished during the triennium 2008–2011 related to strengthening the profession of midwifery worldwide. These goals included updating the Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice, first published in 2002; developing new global standards for midwifery education and regulation; and creation of assessment tools and strategies to strengthen member associations (MAs). These standards, guidelines, and tools can be used by midwives, midwifery associations, and policy makers as they focus on the professional practice of midwifery around the globe. The purpose of this article is briefly to describe the methods used by the task forces on education, essential competencies, regulation, and association strengthening that were appointed by the ICM to carry out these mandates and to reflect on the strengths and limitations of the chosen methods. Other organizations that choose to pursue similar organizational development work can be informed by the lessons learned.
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Keywords: MIDWIFERY ASSOCIATION STRENGTHENING; MIDWIFERY COMPETENCIES; MIDWIFERY EDUCATION; MIDWIFERY REGULATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 September 2011

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