33rd ICM Triennial Congress in Bali Unites Global Midwifery Community to Improve Maternal Health

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The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) has announced that the highly anticipated 33rd ICM Triennial Congress will convene in Bali from June 11th to June 14th, 2023. This gathering will bring together over 2,300 midwives, maternal health advocates, and healthcare professionals from across the globe to exchange knowledge, share best practices, and celebrate the indispensable role of midwives in enhancing maternal and newborn health.

A recent study by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed a distressing fact: one woman loses her life every two minutes due to complications related to pregnancy or childbirth worldwide. This alarming statistic underscores the urgent necessity of investing in maternal healthcare and emphasizes the crucial role played by midwives in ensuring safe and healthy childbirth, as well as providing essential reproductive health services.

Dr. Franka Cadée, President of the ICM, expressed enthusiasm about the upcoming congress, stating, “The 33rd Triennial Congress provides a unique opportunity to foster collaboration among midwives from all corners of the world, enabling the exchange of evidence-based practices and experiences.” She added, “After enduring the challenges posed by the pandemic, we are thrilled to bring everyone together again, aiming to raise awareness regarding the pivotal role midwives play in the reproductive health of women, gender-diverse individuals, and families globally.”

The Congress will feature a diverse program encompassing plenary sessions, interactive workshops, and poster presentations, covering a wide array of midwifery-related topics such as maternal and newborn health, family planning, and midwifery education and regulation. Attendees will have the chance to connect with colleagues from various countries, fostering knowledge sharing and exchange. Furthermore, the event will serve as a platform for midwives to advocate for increased investment in their profession and to advance midwife-led education and integration into healthcare systems worldwide.

Emi Nurjasmi, President of the Indonesian Midwives Association and ICM Board Member representing Southeast Asia, expressed pride in hosting this collaborative and educational gathering in Bali. Nurjasmi stated, “Together with all midwives in Indonesia, it is an honour to facilitate this sharing and learning session, particularly in the captivating environment of Bali, which is a constant source of inspiration through its nature, culture, and beauty.” She emphasized that the Congress aims not only to support the growth of the midwifery profession but also to foster connections between midwives and women, nurturing ideas and identifying pathways for advancement.

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