Education Core Documents
The first pillar of a strong midwifery profession is Education to provide a highly competent, qualified workforce.
Faizabad Midwifery Education School, Aghanistan, trainer Farzana Darkhani uses a mannequin to show students how to stop post-partum bleeding by hand. Photograph: WHO Christopher Black
Find the ICM Core documents here:
- ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education (2010 amended 2013) form a framework for the development of midwifery education.
- ICM Essential Competencies for Midwifery Practice (2018 Update)
- NEW! Poster ICM Essential Competencies (2018 Update)
- ICM Standard Equipment List for Competency-Based Skills Training (2012)
- ICM Model Curriculum Outlines for Professional Midwifery Education (2012) provides guidelines for the development of midwifery curricula which, in line with competencies and education standards take cognisance of the context without compromising quality.
- ICM Midwifery Services Framework, Guidelines for developing SRMNAH services by midwives.
- ICM Competency Self-Assessment Tool (2013)
Developing the Standards
The ICM Council Decision in 2008 was to establish the Global Standards for Midwifery Education. This was driven by many factors including:
- many individuals are using the ‘title’ midwife.
- education and quality of education varies.
- the scope of practice and practice competencies vary.
- many countries needing midwives do not have a midwifery education program.
The definition of a "standard" is: “a norm/uniform reference point that describes a required level of achievement or performance.”
The purpose of the midwifery standards is to set quality indicators based on global expectations. They provide a framework for design, implementation, and evaluation of the ongoing quality of a programme:
- align with regulatory bodies’ scope of midwifery practice.
- hold midwifery programme accountable to public.
- meet national and local workforce needs for qualified midwives.