The International College of Spiritual Midwifery (ICSM) had its beginnings in 1988, when a group of women gathered together for five days to explore the depths of their individual and collective connection. They wanted to know more about living in a woman's body, with the ever-changing events and challenges, surprises and wonders it provided. They looked to live their female existence to its fullest. What they found were many gaps in their knowledge. They committed to filling those gaps, and to embody as fully as they possibly could the woman's journey.
So successful was this first gathering in its capacity to hold and nurture the deep feminine that many, many more gatherings have followed and thousands of women are now living their lives more fully.
The ICSM Team
Today ICSM is a community of women, working together in an organic and dynamic way, providing a range of programs for women and their families. It is a unique and practical example of women in community living ancient women's knowledge in a modern context. ICSM programs have been held throughout Australia and New Zealand.
In August 1997, The International College of Spiritual Midwifery officially opened at The Queen Victoria Women's Centre in Melbourne. In August 2002, the College relocated to the Hawthorn Birth Centre in Barkers Rd Hawthorn.
At the end of 2005, the Hawthorn Birth Centre finally closed its doors. Up until the Bushfires of February 2009, ICSM conducted most of it's courses at the beautiful Yarra Valley location of the Centre for Human Transformation.
From February 2009, our courses have been conducted at various locations throughout Melbourne.
Aims of the College
The International College of Spiritual Midwifery aims to awaken the spirit of midwifery and promote its art. We aim to provide the opportunity for women to undertake the journey to freedom, through information and making fully informed choices.
To achieve this goal we hold radically innovative seminars, workshops and individual sessions and provide access to internationally recognised teachers and practitioners.
We provide a comprehensive package of knowledge, support and practical training for natural pregnancy, birth and parenting. We provide midwives, doctors and birth attendants with the opportunity to explore themselves and their relationship to birth, to learn techniques that will enrich their own experience and enable them to become more valuable resources for birthing families.
Note: The nurses board of Victoria has responsibility under section 118 of the Health Professions Registration Act 2005 to approve courses which can lead to endorsement or registration as a midwife there are three methods of obtaining a midwifery qualification, being 1 direct entry bachelor of midwifery, 2 the bachelor of nursing/bachelor of midwifery double degree, and 3 the graduate diploma of midwifery.
The International College of Spiritual Midwifery does not conduct approved courses of study that provide qualifications for registration as a midwife in Victoria.