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US MERA welcomes International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) to the coalition.

US MERA is pleased to welcome the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) to the US MERA coalition. We are looking forward to working with ICTC representatives at our leadership meeting in April. US MERA was formed in direct response to the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Global Standards for Education, Regulation and Association issued in 2011 as complements to the ICM Definition of a Midwife and the ICM Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice. Our organizations’ understanding and endorsement of the ICM standards and the global vision for midwifery inspired us to come together to ensure the alignment of

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Commitment to Health Equity and to Greater Diversity in Midwifery

US MERA Statement of Commitment to Health Equity in Maternal and Newborn Health and to Greater Diversity in Midwifery Health inequity is one of our country’s great afflictions, and nowhere is it more palpable and heartbreaking than in the outcomes of mothers and newborns. Black families experience the highest rates of maternal mortality, preterm birth, low birth weight, and stillbirths. These facts are reprehensible and in need of greater attention and concerted action. The US Midwifery Education, Regulation, and Association (US MERA) collaborative is deeply committed to improving the health and well-being of all mothers and babies in the US.

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