Conducting International Research in Midwifery: A Workshop Held at the ICM Congress, Vienna, April 2002


  • Mary J Renfrew BSc, RGN, SCM, PhD,

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    • Mary J. Renfrew, BSc, RGN, SCM, PhD, is Professor of Midwifery and Director of the Mother and Infant Research Unit at the University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. She has worked at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, and with the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in Oxford, UK.

  • Jeanne Raisler CNM, DrPH, FACNM,

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    • Jeanne Raisler, CNM, DrPH, FACNM, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, Ann Arbor, MI, and a consultant to the CDC/HRSA Global AIDS Program.

  • Holly Powell Kennedy CNM, PhD, FACNM,

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    • Holly Powell Kennedy, CNM, PhD, FACNM, is an Assistant Professor and Midwifery Specialty Coordinator at the University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.

  • Christine Mudokwenyu-Rawdon CNM, MSc, MTD, PhD,

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    • Christine Mudokwenyu-Rawdon, CNM, MSc, MTD, PhD, is a senior lecturer and Reproductive Health and Family Sciences Coordinator at the Women's University in Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe.

  • M. Prakasamma RN, RM, RPHN, PhD

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    • M. Prakasamma, RN, RM, RPHN, PhD, is Director of the Academy for Nursing Studies in Hyerabad, India, a research organization specializing in public health training and research activities. She is Editor of the Indian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery and edits Mahila Arogya Sravanthi. She is the secretary of the Society of Midwives (India).

Address correspondence to Mary J. Renfrew, PhD, BSc, RGN, SCM, Professor and Director, Mother and Infant Research Unit, University of Leeds, 22 Hyde Terrace, Leeds, LS2 9LN UK.


A workshop on international research in midwifery was held at the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Triennial Congress in Vienna, April 2002. Thirty-five participants from 12 countries took part. The participants themselves defined the agenda, and subsequent discussion addressed the following issues: international research relationships and collaboration; ethical conduct in international research in midwifery; the role of the International Confederation of Midwives in international research; and identifying topics for an international midwifery research agenda. Recommendations arising from this workshop were as follows: develop guidelines and a code of ethics for the conduct of international research in midwifery; continue to actively support research and further develop that support; support education and capacity building for research at basic and continuing education levels; and update on a regular basis the priorities identified for collaborative international studies.