Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

International Confederation of Midwives 30th Triennial Congress

Where Prague, Czech Republic
When 1–5th June 2014

Over 3500 delegates are expected at the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) 30th Triennial Congress, making this the largest ICM Congress and gathering of midwives globally to date.

"The 30th ICM Congress in Prague will bring to the forefront the challenges facing midwifery, particularly in Eastern Europe," says Frances Day Stirk, ICM President, “and the bridges we must build to ensure high quality women-centred midwifery care in that region of the world. Governments and our global partners have recognized that midwives are an essential workforce to achieve Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 by 2015.”

WHO will be demonstrating support for the strengthening of midwifery through a strong presence at the ICM Congress. WHO workshops include the latest on:

  • WHO's new Post Partum Family Planning Tool, including how it has been implemented in Botswana.
  • a WHO Partner Panel which will enable presentations on:
    • the forthcoming Lancet Series on Midwifery – what midwives need to know;
    • why midwives are essential to the Every Newborn Action Plan;
    • new WHO tools, including Maternal Death Surveillance and Review (MDSR) and Midwifery Educator Core Competencies;
    • midwives realities – ongoing analysis by WHO of the barriers faced by midwives to providing the quality of care women and newborns deserve.
  • a session on the latest in antenatal care and postnatal care,
  • a workshop with Arabic, English, French and Spanish speaking midwives to better understand the professional, social and economic hardships they face, and to learn how we can help improve their working conditions so that they can provide the care they are trained to give.
Infographic on midwifery illustrating that 87% of essential care for women and newborns can be performed by an educated midwife.

A highlight of the ICM Congress will be the launch of the "State of the world’s midwifery report 2014". This has been developed in partnership with UNFPA, ICM and WHO.