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Zimbabwe Confederation Of Midwives

Zimbabwe Confederation of Midwives (ZICOM) is a professional association for midwives. It consists of midwives from Public, Private Institutions and City Health Departments. It is the only legally registered midwives association in Zimbabwe, registered as a Trust and has a Board of Trustees and National Executive Committee.

ZICOM was formed under the leadership of a few champions such as Mrs Nester Moyo (now an ICM senior midwifery advisor), Ms Hagar Mapondera, Mrs Nduna, Dr Cynthia Zandile Chasokela, Dr Chamisa, Dr Christina Mudokwenyu Rawdon, Mr E Nyaruwe and many others. It started as a small group of less than 50 midwives. ZICOM was launched at Harare Central Hospital in 1995. The trust was registered on the 26th of July 2010 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Confederation of Midwives is affiliated to the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).



ZICOM envisions a future where high profile and competent midwives are offering quality evidenced based midwifery care, effectively contributing to the reduction of maternal, neonatal and child morbidity and mortality, and collaborating as an equal partner with other Health Care Professionals and Stakeholders.


The Mission of ZICOM is to advance the profession of midwifery nationally by promoting autonomous midwives as the most appropriate caregivers for childbearing women and in keeping birth normal, in order to enhance the reproductive health of women, their newborns and their families. Midwives effectively contributing to the reduction of maternal, newborn, neonatal and child morbidity and mortality, and raising the profile of Midwifery in Zimbabwe.


The Zimbabwe Confederation of Midwives believes in raising the profile of midwifery in order to achieve its objectives. The Confederation also believes in improving the sexual and reproductive health and rights services for women, newborn, children and their families, the provision of quality midwifery care in contribution to the reduction of maternal, neonatal and child morbidity and mortality.
It is the Confederation’s belief that women and midwives are integrated whole beings who are constantly interacting with social changes and that health services in general and midwifery services in particular should be modified to meet these changing needs


Zimbabwe Confederation of Midwives believes that:


  • Pregnancy and childbearing are usually normal physiological processes.
    Pregnancy and childbearing is a profound experience, which carries significant meaning to the woman, her family, and the community.
  • Midwives are the most appropriate care providers to attend childbearing women.
  • Midwifery care promotes, protects and supports women's human, reproductive and sexual health and rights, and respects ethnic and cultural diversity. It is based on the ethical principles of justice, equity, and respect for human dignity.
  • Midwifery care is holistic and continuous in nature, grounded in an understanding of the social, emotional, cultural, spiritual, psychological and physical experiences of women.
  • Midwifery care is emancipatory as it protects and enhances the health and social status of women, and builds women's self confidence in their ability to cope with childbirth.
  • Midwifery care takes place in partnership with women, recognizing the right to self-determination and is respectful, personalized, continuous and non-authoritarian.
  • Ethical and competent midwifery care is informed and guided by formal and continuous education, scientific research and application of evidence.

The objectives of the Confederation are to:


  • Raise the profile of midwives in Zimbabwe.
  • Strengthen all aspects of midwifery and ensure that quality midwifery care is available to everyone who requires it.
  • Ensure evidence based midwifery practice at all levels.
  • Collaborate with other health care professionals, stakeholders and partners in the provision of maternal, neonatal and child health care services.
  • Ensure the reduction of maternal and child morbidity and mortality in Zimbabwe
  • Endeavour to publicise the work, research and experimental findings of members through scientific conferences, reports, books and other media
  • Participate in and encourage policy formulation and regulatory systems for midwifery education, practice and research.
  • Encourage, establish, support, maintain and promote projects that encourage the wellbeing of the members, women, newborn babies, adolescents and their families.

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