The Midwives Association of Kenya is an emerging professional body representing the midwives workforce. The Association is determined to revitalise the midwifery and its future profession in the country. Established in 2016, the Midwives Association of Kenya (MAK), is a not-for-profit member association, registered in Kenya under the Societies Act, registration number. 48354. MAK is a member of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing (ECSACON). MAK is also a member of the Kenya Health Professionals Society (KHPS).
Welcome to our midwifery organization, where we uphold a set of core values that guide our practice and shape our approach to providing maternity care. Here are four fundamental values we hold dear:
- Integrity in Service
- Our midwives organization upholds integrity in service, adhering to high ethical standards. Trust, transparency, and compassionate care define our approach throughout patients' pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum journey. We prioritize patient well-being, respecting rights, maintaining confidentiality, and upholding professional conduct, guided by our commitment to integrity.
- Professionalism in Midwifery
- In midwifery, professionalism is key. Our skilled and compassionate midwives provide exceptional care, valuing each woman's uniqueness. Through effective communication, we build strong patient bonds, respecting diverse backgrounds and beliefs. Our goal: elevate midwifery standards, making a positive impact on women's and babies' lives.
- Responsiveness to Customer Needs
- In our midwives organization, we prioritize responsive customer care. Understanding unique pregnancy journeys, we actively listen to women's concerns, integrating preferences and values into care plans. We offer timely information, emotional support, and address questions, creating a valued and confident decision-making environment for women
- Quality in Service
- Unparalleled service quality defines us. Evidence-based decisions, continuous improvement, and patient feedback shape our midwives' care. With clinical expertise, safety, and infection control, we prioritize well-being. Committed to excellence, we advance midwifery and ensure exceptional outcomes for mothers and babies.
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Frequently asked questions
- About MAK?
The Midwives Association of Kenya is an emerging professional body representing the midwives' workforce. The Association is determined to revitalise the midwifery profession in the country. Established in 2016, the Midwives Association of Kenya (MAK), is a not-for-profit member association, registered in Kenya under the Societies Act, registration number. 48354. With a network of qualified, certified midwives’ country-wide, its focus is an academic and practice entity of the midwifery profession at local, regional, and international domain. MAK is mandated to make valuable and relevant contributions towards improving the quality of education in Kenya and other developing contexts. It works as a catalyst for educational change by developing passionate and transformative educational professionals, influencing educational policies and practices, and modelling educational reforms in the country.
- Who we are?
The Midwives Association of Kenya (MAK) envisions quality midwifery care with the mission of advocating for midwifery as an autonomous profession, strengthening the midwifery professions for quality care, and promoting midwifery as the standard of care for childbearing. The Association does these through promotion of excellence, innovation, leadership in service delivery, striving for the recognition, visibility, and value of midwives. The key activities of the Association include organizing an annual scientific conference and organising Midwives week and the International Day of the Midwife.
- Purpose and mandate?
MAK seeks to advocate for quality midwifery services by strengthening midwifery education, research, practice, and regulation, in line with the provision of Universal Health Coverage through strategies that contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
- Do we provide CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)
It also provides continuous professional development while creating network and cohesion. The association advocates for midwives to adhere with global standards, guidelines, and competencies to improve practice. Hence, MAK aims at promoting the highest standard of midwifery education, research, and capacity building for midwives. MAK promotes/supports certification of midwives based on completion of nationally recognized, accredited midwifery education programs in accordance with the International Confederation of Midwives’ (ICM) global standards for midwifery education. We support inter-professional education of midwives with other health professionals to improve maternity care and women’s health services.
- Can midwives provide pain relief options during childbirth?
Midwives are skilled in providing various non-pharmacological pain relief techniques and comfort measures during labor and childbirth, such as relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, massage, and positioning. They can also discuss and facilitate access to pharmacological pain relief options, depending on the setting and the individual's preferences.