It was exhilarating to see the numerous international partners who attended the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) meetings in Durban, such as the World Health Organization, United Nations agencies, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, the White Ribbon Alliance, ministers of health, significant funders, and more.
And the buzz was loud and clear: Midwives provide the best community-based reproductive care to women and newborns. And midwives save women’s lives around the world, every day. Currently, it is an exciting window of opportunity for midwives and the clients we serve. Numerous international healthcare organizations, governments, ministries of health, and funding agencies across the globe are in agreement that the world needs midwives now more than ever—in fact 350,000 of them—and they are willing to direct their money, organizational energy, and polices towards this goal. It is a time of unprecedented support for midwifery globally.