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					                                        International Confederation of Midwives


                                                           CARE OF THE NEWBORN

                     BACKGROUND
                     The care of the newborn is an integral part of the role of the midwife as defined in the
                     Definition of the Midwife (ICM/WHO/FIGO, 1992).


                     STATEMENT OF BELIEF
                     The International Confederation of Midwives affirms its belief that the midwife is
                     responsible for the care of the newborn and the infant. The midwife must attain and
Position statement




                     maintain adequate skills and competencies in:

                     •   Resuscitation of the newborn
                     •   Examination of the newborn
                     •   General care of the newborn and the detection/ management of common conditions
                     •   Identification of complications and referral to appropriate specialists
                     •   Early establishment and continuation of breastfeeding, with family and community
                         education to promote, protect and support breastfeeding
                     •   Education of mothers and families in the prevention and management of diseases
                         and other conditions, and the need for immunisation
                     •   Supporting the process of bonding and attachment between the mother and her
                         newborn baby.


                     POSITION
                     Education of midwives should include development of competency in the care of the
                     newborn including assessment and management of common conditions


                     GUIDANCE TO MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS
                     Member associations are urged to:
                     • Seek to influence the training of midwives to ensure that they have the knowledge,
                        understanding and appropriate skills to care for the newborn and effectively manage
                        emergency care.
                     • Encourage midwives, where appropriate, to develop specialised skills in the care of
                        the newborn with special needs


                     RELATED ICM DOCUMENTS
                     • Definition of the Midwife (ICM/WHO/FIGO, 1992).
                     OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS


                                       Laan van Meerdervoort 70 – 2517 AN The Hague – The Netherlands
                              Tel: + 31 70 3060520 – fax: + 31 70 3555651 – email: info@internationalmidwives.org
                                                    Website: www.internationalmidwives.org
•   Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding. UNICEF,
    1990.
          • Ten steps to successful breast feeding. Protecting, Promoting and Supporting
               Breastfeeding: The Special Role of Maternity Services. A joint WHO/UNICEF
               statement. WHO, 1989.


Revised at Vienna International Council meeting, 2002
Due for next review 2008




                         Laan van Meerdervoort 70 – 2517 AN The Hague – The Netherlands
                Tel: + 31 70 3060520 – fax: + 31 70 3555651 – email: info@internationalmidwives.org
                                      Website: www.internationalmidwives.org

				
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