The role of midwifery associations in the professional development of midwifery

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Öztürk Altınayak S., EJDER APAY S., Vermeulen J.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MIDWIFERY, vol.4, 2020 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.18332/ejm/122388
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Keywords: associations, midwifery associations, midwifery associations in Turkey, midwifery associations in the world
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


Midwifery associations have an important role in several subjects such as professionalisation, developing neonatal health, reducing maternal-fetal mortality, planning labor, professional recognition, planning legislative regulations, developing the profession, and offering quality birth services. The purpose of this study is to explain the contributions of well-known midwifery associations in the world, and in particular in Turkey, to the professional development of midwifery, as well as similarities of midwifery associations in Turkey with other associations, including the position of Turkey in associationalism. The associations have enabled the profession of midwifery to progress, gain autonomy, be legally protected and become more professional. In order for the associations in Turkey to operate effectively, it is recommended that their membership is increased so as to represent more midwives and thus gain more political power and to advance evidence-based applications in midwifery care.