Key aspects of the program include:
CTM Endorses the ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education
The College of Traditional Midwifery endorses the International Confederation of Midwives’ (ICM) Definition of a Midwife which recognizes the midwife as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period, to conduct births on the midwife’s own responsibility, and to provide care for the newborn and infant. This care includes preventative measures, the promotion of normal physiologic labor and birth, the detection of complications, the accessing of medical care or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures.
The midwife has an important task in health counseling and education, not only for the woman, but also within the family and the community. This work should involve antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and may extend to women’s health, sexual or reproductive health and child care. A midwife’s role as advocate for evidence-based midwifery practices can also be valuable in advancing public health policy regarding women’s health and maternal and child health care. A midwife may practice in any setting including the home, community, hospitals, clinics and health units.
CTM Graduates Meet the ICM Definition of a Midwife
A midwife is a person who has successfully completed a midwifery education program that is recognized in the country where it is located and that is based on the ICM Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice and the framework of the ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education; who has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery and use the title ‘midwife’; and who demonstrates competency in the practice of midwifery