Launched in June 2011 at the Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives (Durban, South Africa), the State of the World’s Midwifery 2011 was developed in collaboration with more than 30 international agencies and organisations, including UNFPA, the International Confederation of Midwives and the World Health Organization. It provides the first comprehensive analysis of midwifery services, education, regulation, deployment and conditions of service in 58 countries where maternal and newborn mortality are highest. With a foreword by Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) the report ensures that the new evidence and analysis would be of immediate value to the UNSG’s Every Woman, Every Child campaign.

ICS Integrare was commissioned by UNFPA and the Norwegian Agency for Development (Norad) to lead the research, compilation and production of the report. More than 900 people from the 58 countries and the international agencies contributed to the research, background papers, analysis, writing and production. The support and enthusiasm of the many individuals and organisations demonstrates the global commitment to improving midwifery and saving the lives of women and newborns.


In addition to the printed report, ICS Integrare also sought to apply new innovative approaches to communicating the results. Working with Alvaro Serrano from UNFPA and Rupa Chilvers from Forward 25 we commissioned and convened a group of IT, social media and software programmers to explore the data and alternative models of communicating this. This resulted in the first-ever mobile phone application of a United Nations report, where the individual data from each of the 58 countries could be downloaded to a smartphone. We will be building on this approach in all our future global publications.


State of the World’s Midwifery 2011: searches and review using Nexis UK

ICS Integrare commissioned this report on behalf of UNFPA to identify and summarise news stories referencing the State of the World’s Midwifery (SOWMY) 2011 report using the Nexis UK database. The overall aim was to provide an indication of the report’s impact and to inform the development of the SOWMY 2014 report.

The report describes the record identification and selection progress, and provides an analysis of the results with particular reference to the volume of stories, date and location of publication, and the nature of reported maternal and newborn health initiatives. Quantifiable results are presented using graphs and figures where data permit.

The SoWMy 2011 Press Coverage Analysis

Annex A: Word cloud showing frequency of terms in included news stories

Annex B: Full text of included news stories


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Click to follow the link of the Mash-up prepared at the workshop in Southampton in July 2011