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RCM research director elected to international midwife role

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The International Confederation of Midwives has elected Frances Day-Stirk, RCM director of learning research and practice development, as its new vice-president.

‘It is an honour and a privilege to be elected as the vice-president of the ICM and is an unparalleled opportunity to build on the international work that has been part of my career at the RCM,’ said Ms Day-Stirk.

‘Mothers and babies life chances are improved when they have access to a midwife throughout pregnancy and the World Health Organization childbirth programme,’ she said. ‘Training midwives and midwifery educators is vital and we need to address the global shortage of trained midwives facing many developing countries to proactively tackle maternal mortality.’

RCM general secretary Professor Cathy Warwick added: ‘Frances is a born leader and will bring considerable insight and experience to her role as ICM vice president.’

Ms Day-Stark has more than 30 years experience in developing midwifery practice and service management. She currently coordinates RCM international affairs and represents the college on the European Midwives Association.

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