The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is concerned that the human rights of women, their babies and their midwives are being violated by the introduction, in many countries, of inappropriate protocols for management of pregnancy, birth and postnatal care in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. These inappropriate protocols are not based in current reputable evidence and are harmful to women and their babies.

Drawing on recommendations from reputable sources and current research evidence for the care of pregnant women and babies during the Covid-19 pandemic, ICM has developed advice for midwives, other health professionals and health service managers about the care of women and their babies during the childbirth continuum.