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We need to deal with the challenges of transformation and change brought around by the dynamic needs of our society in the 21st century. Only by improving our practice and meeting these challenges head on will we be able to become the leaders our profession requires of us.

The midwives of South Africa have demonstrated their commitment in providing quality care by forming a society committed to meeting the challenges head on.
The society is affiliated with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).


SOMSA envisions midwives being sensitive and empowered to deliver effective Midwifery services in South Africa.


To influence and engage with Midwifery structures and all relevant stakeholders regarding education, regulation and policies that impact on the Midwifery practice.


Basic and ongoing education of midwives in SA

Midwifery is a profession in its own right, with a unique body of knowledge, skills, and behaviours as well as shared competencies and knowledge with other health disciplines.

Respectful care, the commitment of midwives in SA

Pregnancy and childbirth are significant events in the lives of women and families but it also represent a time of intense vulnerability. Safe motherhood is usually restricted to physical safety, but childbearing is also an important rite of passage, with deep personal and cultural significance for a woman and her family.

*Please read our constitution for more details on what we stand and strive for.

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