Each ICM Congress is unique and provides an opportunity to share knowledge, network and strengthen midwifery in various regions of the world. The 30th ICM Congress in Prague will bring to the forefront the challenges facing midwifery, particularly in Eastern Europe, and the bridges we must build to ensure high quality women-centred midwifery care in that region of the world. Governments and our global partners have recognized that midwives are an essential workforce to achieve Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 by 2015.
The theme for the 2014 congress is ‘Midwives: Improving Women’s Health Globally’, a theme which reflects MDG 5: To improve maternal health. Work has started already to bring you a very special 30th Triennial Congress in one of Europe‘s very special capital cities. An ICM Congress is memorable not to be missed event. It is about the experience of thousands of midwives sharing excellence in practice,education and research and much more; it is also about mutual support at a global level. I look forward to welcoming you and wish you well as you start forward planning and gathering funds for the Prague Congress.
There is only one year left till ICM Prague 2O14 and the preparation of which is fully running. Let me, on behalf of my name, as the newly elected President, as well as on behalf of the host organization – The Czech Confederation of Midwives, invite you for this special event to meet and share the togetherness of midwives coming from all over the world. The topic which the congress focuses on is the women’s and children’s health improvement. This congress is a great opportunity to exchange experience leading to the attainment of our collective goal including not only the field of research and education but also the field of practice. The meeting is a beautiful possibility to express our reciprocal (mutual) support and to make new partnerships and friendships.
The congress will be held in the heart of Europe, in the city Prague being also called Mother of cities. This should be understood as a symbol expressing the meaning of midwife which is the heart of care for mother with child and supporting mother at the same time. The bridges over the river Vltava flowing through Prague have the symbolic meaning too. These bridges are connecting everything and everybody on the way to our collective goal.
Midwives all over the world have an irreplaceable role in care for mother and child as well as in global development of worldwide health. Not only for this reason, in one year time, let´s meet and show the world WHO the midwife is and what kind of art is hers.
I am delighted that ICM will hold its 30th Triennial Congress in the City of Prague. Not only is Prague one of the most beautiful cities in the world but it is also a safe and friendly location for midwives.
The City will provide a stimulating and inspiring setting for your international Congress that is recognised for its excellent scientific programme, which addresses the challenges facing the world of midwifery and the care of mothers and their new-borns. I am pleased that you also will have time for social networking and for enjoying the sights and scenery of Prague.
I hope to be able to meet some of you during your visit and to personally welcome you to our city. I am sure that the congress will be a great success and that you take home fond memories of Prague.
Mayor of the City of Prague
Czech health care can justly be proud of the established system of care for pregnant women and newborns. Thanks to long-term efforts to improve the quality of perinatal care, including care for pregnant women, mothers and newborns, and thanks to the interdisciplinary cooperation of gynaecologists, obstetricians, neonatologists, paediatricians, geneticists, midwives and paediatric nurses, the Czech Republic attains one of the best results worldwide in the field of care for the newborn.
I would like to point out, however, and repeated suggestions from mothers and midwives are the proof, that an increasing number of women, for whatever reason, do not consider giving birth in a health care facility to be the optimal variant for themselves.
I regard the establishment of good relations and communication at the factual and professional level as very important and crucial. I am glad that also thanks to the ICM Prague 2014 Congress we can draw on new experience and knowledge about the roles of midwives in perinatal care.
Dear and esteemed midwives, I would like to wish that this gathering be of benefit to your immensely important work and of benefit to your patients as well.
In Prague on 1 November 2012
Minister of Health of the Czech Republic