MANA at ICM
MANA President Vicki Hedley elected ICM representative to the United Nations!
Another successful Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) has just concluded, this time hosted by the inspiring Canadian Association of Midwives in Toronto, Ontario. ICM is the international organization that represents midwifery associations like the Midwives Alliance around the world, and meets for Congress every three years. The event includes a Council meeting where ICM business is conducted with the input of each member association. The Congress presented an incredibly diverse scientific program with speakers from around the world.
The US, and MANA in particular, was well represented at the 31st ICM Congress. There were more than 4200 attendees, and more than 10 percent of those were from the US. Director of the Division of Health Policy and Advocacy Colleen Donovan-Batson and Immediate Past President Marinah Farrell served as your Council representatives in voting matters, and a number of others attended as observers. These included our current president, Vicki Hedley, past presidents Diane Holzer and Geradine Simkins, past board member Sherry DeVries, and NARM leaders Ida Darragh and Debbie Pulley.
A number of exciting decisions were made at the meeting, so be sure to watch for our blog post coming soon with all the details. In the meantime, know that both workshops and posters were presented by MANA attendees and were well received. Our participation in US MERA was presented, members of the Division of Research had several sessions, and a powerful workshop called "The Heart Adventure" was offered as a collaboration project with MANA and The Compassionate Birth Project. One of the most exciting developments was the election of President Vicki Hedley to the position of ICM representative to the United Nations!
Watch for our upcoming blog, and start planning now for ICM 2020 in Bali!