International Confederation of Midwives
Director of Learning, Research and Practice Development and
Started term: June 2011
Frances Day-Stirk is President of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), a non-governmental organisation and the voice of global midwifery. ICM represents over 250,000 midwives in 108 midwifery association member in 95 countries. Frances provides leadership of the organisation and together with the members of the ICM board she holds responsibility for the organisations governance, development, viability and achieving its mission.
Jamaican-born Frances received her professional midwifery education and qualifications in the United Kingdom having initially trained as a nurse. Her 30 years of midwifery experience span clinical practice, education, maternity service management and global midwifery. She has published on a wide range of topics and presented at conferences nationally and internationally.
She is a former member of the Executive Management Team of the Royal College of Midwives in the United Kingdom, with a remit for professional standards, policy education, research and international relations. She has been part of numerous committees and also chaired several of them.
Her professional interests include organisation of maternity services, women’s choice in place of birth, homebirth, promoting normality, new born care and global maternal and newborn health safe motherhood.
On a personal note she has three children who were all born at home and a grandson.