Through the years I have developed myself as an expert on twinning, and an advisor in international maternal health issues with over 30 years of strategy and policy development, advocacy, leadership, project management and governance experience. With my anthropological and midwifery background, and having lived and worked across a range of differently resourced countries, I am well aware of the realities of midwifery practice in various cultural contexts. As a Ph.D. candidate I am researching the scope of twinning collaborations between healthcare professionals.
I am a strong proponent of humanised healthcare and encourage a human rights based approach. My strongest quality is to be well informed, think strategically and involve, motivate and enthuse others with a mixture of lateral thinking, hard work and realism.
Currently I am the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) President.
Edythe L. Mangindin
Born and raised in San Francisco, California in the United States to Filipino parents, I currently live in Iceland and work as a registered nurse and registered midwife. Because of my background, culture and cultural differences have always fascinated me. I have held lectures for health care professionals on cultural sensitivity and for foreign women about the health care system and patients’ rights. Also, I am on the board of Women of Multicultural Ethnicity Network in Iceland. Presently, I am working on a Masters degree in midwifery with an emphasis on researching the conditions of migrant women receiving maternity care in Iceland.
In 2017, I first became involved in Twinning as a project coordinator in the Twinning Up North project between Iceland and the Netherlands. I am very passionate about learning about other cultures and collaborating with midwives on an international level.
As an independent midwife, I have worked in several midwifery practices in the Netherlands since 2009. I combine my midwifery experience and anthropological (MSc) knowledge in my work as international policy advisor at the Royal Dutch Organisation of Midwives (KNOV). I have ample experience of working cross-culturally, this is where my heart lies. I have not only seen and developed, but personally experienced how to build strong professional communities through twinning.
I was introduced to Twinning as a student midwife when I participated as ‘twin’ in a project between the Dutch and Sierra Leonean midwifery organisations. I was inspired by the skills we learned from our Sierra Leonean colleague midwives and by the power of sharing experiences cross-culturally. We found creative solutions to strengthen midwifery in both countries. Since then I have led twinning projects between Dutch, Icelandic and Moroccan midwives and have advised others involved in twinning globally.
I am a strategic thinker, have overview, am non-judgemental, reliable, culturally sensitive, enthusiastic and ambitious. I am therefore well-equipped and highly motivated to support professionals to collaborate cross-culturally. I look forward to our collaboration!