The Midwives Association of Paraguay offers the warmest welcome in Asunción, Paraguay, now called the green capital of Latin America, with open arms, we receive midwives to the Regional Conference of the Americas of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).
Our association is pleased to welcome you in our Guarani land, of brave men and heroic women of glorious history, immortal nation, heart of America, solar energy and fraternity, sovereign and working nation of guaranias polkas and joyful dances, el chipa el tajy and the terere; Paraguay, Guaraní land of the ñandutíes and ao po'i, of beautiful nights and radiant sun of unparalleled culture.
In the past seventeen years, the different Regional Conferences have migrated throughout our beloved America, becoming the most important events for our profession that allow us to share not only a space for scientific knowledge, but also for rich exchanges of experiences, learning and challenges, for establishing relationships among the various organizations in the region, cultivating friendship that strengthens the different leaderships. Creating supportive networks, positioning the profession to achieve significant changes in the promotion and protection of midwives as a profession.
We are aware that important changes are taking place throughout the world and our region is aware of these. This conference will continue providing all the necessary and important tools to pave the way towards a successful professional future, with strengthened midwifery associations, showing progress made in the last triennium, with regulatory frameworks that legislate for the good of the midwifery world, guaranteeing quality in maternal and newborn care in each of our countries.
The presence of colleagues and future colleagues will strengthen the midwifery profession, renew our knowledge, fill our saddlebags with new learning, so that on our return home, we continue to provide quality midwifery care, throughout our Region.
The world needs midwives today more than ever .. !!!
Sandra Lopez, Midwife
President of the Midwives Association of Paraguay
Welcome midwives of the Americas to the International Confederation of Midwives’ Americas regional conference in Asuncion, Paraguay.
This year our theme aligns with ICMs 2017-2020 Strategy that focuses on Quality, Equity and Leadership.
The conference theme is “ Midwives leading the way for quality and equity in the Americas”. Each day will focus on quality, equity and leadership
Women and their families have a fundamental human right of access to midwives as the health professionals most equipped to support them with respectful, individualised and high-quality care throughout the childbirth continuum. Quality midwifery care comes through education, regulation and strong midwives association.
As the global representative organization for midwives, ICM is committed to leading the way in advocacy efforts to raise demand for midwives and to advocate for equitable access to midwife-led services for women, because we know that midwives are the key to improving health outcomes for women and their newborns during childbirth.
This regional conference enables midwives from the Americas to share their experience, wisdom, aspirations and knowledge to Lead the way for quality and equity .
Your presence here signifies the importance of unity, leadership, and equitable representation not only for midwives, but for the women and newborns whose lives are forever changed by the care of midwives like you.
We look forward to your participation at this important event and to planning the way forward for all midwives in the region.
ICM regional board members Sandra Oyarzo Torres and Emmanuelle Hébert.