A new global data resource for midwives and maternity services was launched online last week at the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) triennial conference. The Global Midwives Hub is a join venture between the ICM and Direct Relief, a United States humanitarian relief charity, to provide a data source for midwives across the world with an aim to increase advocacy and strengthen maternal and newborn services in their country. Based on the recent 2021 State of the Worlds midwifery report, midwife associations in each country may use the information available on the state of the services locally to use as a lobby to increase midwifery-led care.
The data that has been collected by local organisations includes practice and education information, how regulation is taking place, and where midwives are most needed, acc. Data can be explored by these wider ICM themes, region, and multiple other topics. Anyone studying global maternity care or wishing to consider supporting midwives in other countries will find this resource essential viewing.