World Health Innovation Summit

Global Village Midwives

Hello, my name is Deirdre Munro and I would like to share our Global Village of Midwives story with you. Our story began at the International Confederation of Midwifery (ICM) Prague June 2014. I travelled to Prague with a fellow midwife Naomi O’Donovan, kindly sponsored by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO). We shadowed our Irish Midwifery delegates Mary Higgins (executive council ICM), Rhona O’Connell and Margaret Carroll.

This was like the Olympics of Midwifery! Midwives congregated from all over the world to represent their countries and to celebrate Midwifery. We all sang in the park in Prague to break the Guinness book of records for the largest number of midwives singing in one place!


Margaret Carroll, Deirdre Munro and Naomi O’Donovan

It was here that we randomly met Carmel McCalmont (University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire Head of Midwifery) and her friend Sheena Byrom OBE among…

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