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International Midwifery Standards
The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is an accredited, non-governmental organization that supports, represents and works to strengthen professional associations of midwives to achieve common goals in the care of mothers and children throughout the world. ICM currently includes 108 national midwives associations, representing 95 countries with over 300,000 member midwives. ACNM is a member association of ICM.
ICM has established a set of global standards, competencies, tools and guidelines to ensure that midwives in all countries have effective education, regulation and strong professional associations. These documents are intended to guide midwives associations and governments as they seek to establish standards and regulations related to education and regulation of midwifery.
To compare the U.S. context to standards set by ICM, the following gap analyses have been conducted: