ICM Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice (2010)

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is a federation of midwifery associations
representing countries across the globe. The ICM works closely with the World Health
Organization, all United Nations agencies, and governments in support of safe motherhood and
primary health care strategies for the world’s families. ICM takes the leadership role in
development of the definition of the midwife, and the delineation of the midwifery scope of
practice (the essential competencies). ICM also promotes standards and guidelines that define
the expected structure and context of midwifery pre-service education programs; provides
guidance for the development of regulations for midwifery practice; and assists countries to
strengthen the capacity of midwifery associations and to develop leaders of the midwifery
profession worldwide.

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