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Today's Midwife Tomorrow


  • W. A. Andrews S.C.M., C.B.E.

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    • Agnes Andrews, a State Certified Midwife whose native land is Wales, is the area nursing officer for Wolverhampton, England. Mrs. Andrews served as President of the International Confederation of Midwives from 1978–1981 and as President of the Royal College of Midwives from 1975–1980.

  • This paper was adapted from the ICM President's Keynote Address presented at the 19th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives which was held September 13–18, 1981 in Brighton, England.


This paper focuses on today's midwife as she prepares to meet the challenges of childbearing parents tomorrow. Patterns of maternity care are changing throughout the world, and the professional midwife must adapt to the new demands placed on her by contemporary society. She must continually acquire new knowledge and skills and extend her sphere of practice with the overall goal of improving the care given to mothers and babies.