The organization of members in a strong professional association is the third ICM pillar to support the profession of midwifery. (The other two are Regulation and Association.) Read more about ICM.
The Member Association Capacity Assessment Tool (MACAT) provides a framework to help an association assess and decide essential activities for its own growth and development. Strengthening individual Midwives Associations enhances the ability of midwives worldwide to achieve the goal of improving the health of women and children.
- Provides professional support
- Contributes to national policy development
- Supports relationships with other healthcare professions
Core Responsibilities of a Professional Association
- Provide a visible entity
- Provide a focal point for the profession (belonging)
- Represent the interests of the profession (legal)
- Aggregate efforts, thoughts and ideas (identity)
- Provide leadership for policy change (power, credibility, collaboration)
- Enable quality assurance and standard setting
- Provide the essential guidelines, policies and protocols for practice