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ICM Eulogizes Karen Guilliland After Working for 40years As a Midwife by katty : March 24, 2019, 03:32:30 PM

Karen not only led the resurgence of midwifery in New Zealand, she also made a significant contribution to international midwifery, partly through her roles as ICM Council Member, ICM Board Member, co-chair of the SPPC and co-chair of the ICM Regulation Standing Committee. While Karen will continue to support ICM in its work we wanted to acknowledge and thank her on behalf of midwives everywhere.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Adern, previous Prime Minister Helen Clark, current and former Ministers of Health, and numerous midwives, obstetricians, maternity consumer activists, midwifery students, and international midwifery leaders have all acknowledged Karen’s significant contribution to improving the quality of midwifery care for women, their newborns and their families, not only in New Zealand but also internationally. 

Thanks in no small part to Karen’s vision and courageous leadership, New Zealand has a midwife-led and women-centred maternity service of which it can justly be proud. But Karen has also worked to improve midwifery internationally.

As an ICM Board member Karen represented the Asia Pacific region for nine years and influenced ICM’s vision, mission and strategy. She co-chaired the Scientific Professional Programme Committee (SPPC) that developed the programme for the ICM Congress in Prague (2014) and again in Toronto (2017), Karen has been a member of the ICM’s Regulation Standing Committee for a number of years and is now  a co-chair. In this role she remains a member of the SPPC as it prepares the programme for the Bali Congress in 2020.

Karen has visited many midwives associations around the world, at their invitation, and has shared her knowledge and experience to help strengthen associations and midwives and to improve standards of midwifery care. The ICM is thrilled that Karen will continue to contribute to our work, even after her retirement, but we wanted to mark the moment nevertheless and to thank her for her amazing contribution to the world’s midwives and to ICM.

Below we have included ICM President Franka Cadée’s personal tribute.

"On behalf of the  International Confederation of Midwives, I want to thank you for your huge contribution to the worlds' midwives & midwifery.  At the ICM's Regional Conference in Dubai in October '19, where you were sorely missed, I used you as an example of two specific leadership qualities, during a presentation to the delegates. Of course you have many more qualities, but for me personally, these two stand out and have been particularly inspiring. They are your strong and powerful voice, which I see as the epitome of women’s leadership and your willingness to speak your truth and be heard, even if the message is not part of the popular opinion and does not neatly align with the status quo. Another inspiring quality I see in you is your persistence, your inner drive to not give up which has kept you on course, even in the face of opposition. Many midwives, not just in New Zealand but the world over, have benefitted and been inspired by you as a midwife and a leader. You have supported many of us to truely 'get' what midwifery means. Thank you Karen!  "

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