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Thousands attend ICM in Toronto

22 June, 2017

Thousands attend ICM in Toronto

More than 4000 midwives from around the world are estimated to be in Toronto for the 31st International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Triennial Congress.

There are members from 130 midwives associations, representing 114 countries from every continent. 

The theme for the congress is ‘Midwives - making a difference in the world’. 

Denise Linay, RCM head of organising and engagement, is at the congress and said it has been a ‘wonderful experience’. 
‘The opening ceremony saw the customary “midwifery Olympics” where 114 flags of member countries were paraded,’ she said.

‘Lesley Page, the RCM's outgoing president, proudly did the UK honours. Even though I have seen it before, it still took my breath away. 

‘I have spent most of the congress on the RCM stand listening to the experiences of midwives whose challenges are in many ways identical to UK midwives, but in other ways are just heartbreaking. 

‘So many midwives have to fight so hard to deliver safe, dignified care. Often putting their lives at risk to do so. 

‘As in previous ICMs, the RCM stand has been hugely popular. We have been able to showcase the work we do and have hopefully gained some new members along the way.’
The congress comes to a close today (22 June) and the next congress will be held in Bali in 2020. 

For more information on the congress, click here.

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