Nerissa with midwives from around the world at ICM
As midwives, we know the importance of gatherings, especially ones that are global in nature. They are wonderful venues for sharing knowledge and being inspired by our colleagues from every continent. This week, one of Mercy In Action's midwife leaders from the Philippines, Nerissa, flew to Bali, Indonesia to represent us at the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) convention. Mercy In Action College of Midwifery bought her ticket to this big global event to join midwives from 119 countries for a week of learning and fellowship. Under normal conditions, the ICM convention is held every three years, rotating to different countries each triennial, but because of the COVID pandemic, ICM did not meet for six years. We are proud to send Nerissa to represent us at ICM and are looking forward to all the new information she will bring back to the Philippines to teach to the midwives and mothers and their families.
Mercy In Action midwives are always both educators and medical practitioners. We teach mothers and their families prenatally and postpartum, and we teach skills to midwives, doctors, nurses, and doulas in the USA and the Philippines. To teach and give away vitally important best-practice understanding, we must constantly keep up with new research and learn new skills. And we must always be looking for sources of inspiration.
In the Philippines, Mercy In Action midwives regularly invite local providers of birth care to seminars and workshops we are holding to encourage and enrich them with programs like Helping Mothers and Babies Survive. We also offer a fantastic post-graduate Diploma in Midwifery & Maternal/Child Health at a distance that will prepare anyone for serving in low resources areas. Click on the link below for more information:
Thank you for your support; because of your vision, we continue to prioritize both learning and teaching for our midwives so that we all be prepared to share life-saving and life-changing knowledge with those in need.
Our global friends working on improving birth
Nerissa and Alex with flags of nations at ICM