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  • Margaret Peters RM, RN

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    • 1Margaret Peters is a former President and current Director of the International Confederation of Midwives. Because of her internationally recognized concern for the health and welfare of mothers and babies as well as her staunch advocacy of the Safe Motherhood Initiative and the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF), she was invited to present the American College of Nurse-Midwive's 1998 Therese Dondero keynote address, a distinct honor bestowed annually since 1987. She is a Distinguished Fellow in the Australian College of Midwives and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1985 for her service to midwifery education and practice.

2Address correspondence to Margaret Peters, 32 Baromi Road, Mirboo North 3871, Australia.


The Therese Dondero Memorial Fund was established in 1986 by Dr. Samuel Oberlander and has been supported by him, other family members, and friends through contributions to the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Foundation. Since then, the fund has provided a speaker for ACNM's annual meeting. The speakers are selected by a special committee on the basis of their acheivements in maternal and infant health and their commitment to Therese's goals: clinical excellence, the rights of all child-bearing women, and nurse-midwifery education.

This paper is an adaptation of the Annual Therese Dondero Lecture presented at the 43rd annual meeting of the ACNM on May 23rd, 1998. It highlights the author's 23-year journey toward promoting Safe Motherhood around the world and discusses the global initiative since 1987. © 1999 by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.