International Alliance of Midwives
Learn about birth around the world!
Keep in touch with the international birth community. Here's what you can do:
- Become a Fan of IAM on Facebook.
You'll be able to connect with others interested in birth around the world. International news and updates will be posted to the page.
- Subscribe to Midwifery Today E-News
A few issues each year will be focused on international issues.
- Check the international pages of our Web site.
You'll find information about birth in other countries and other exciting cross-cultural opportunities.
For background ideas on IAM or its philosophy read:
- Pronunciamiento/Pronouncement—by traditional midwives from Mexico (in both English and español)
- Global Alliance of Midwives—by Jan Tritten
- Let's Work Together—by Jan Tritten
- Technology in Birth—by Marsden Wagner
- Anthropological Perspectives on Global Issues in Midwifery—by Robbie Davis-Floyd
The Power of Words: In honor of all midwives, Midwifery Today does not use the term “traditional birth attendant,” or “TBA.” We do not want to rob anyone who serves birthing women as a midwife of the title “midwife”—because that is what she or he really is.
Goals and Beliefs of IAM
Goals and Beliefs of IAM—in English
Metas y Creencias de la Alianza Internacional de Parteras—en español
Definition of Midwife
Definition of Midwife
A midwife serves women during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She is trained in the health, physiology and care of women and their babies. Her services are given in a humane and respectful manner, with minimal interference in the physiological process, while honoring the mother’s choices. She can identify problems, knows techniques for managing emergency situations within her resources and refers or transports for medical care when necessary. She is guided by the individual needs of each mother and baby.
A midwife acquires essential knowledge through a variety of routes within an educational format or through a traditional process, as well as from other midwives and by assisting with mothers and babies. She continually updates her knowledge on the basis of evidence, practical experience and educational opportunities. A midwife shares information with mothers, families and the community about her practice, alternative options, rights and responsibilities, wellness, preventive care, bonding, breastfeeding and child rearing. The midwife’s practice is autonomous and interdependent; she may offer her services in any setting.