IIMHCO – International Integrative Maternity HealthCare Organization
In May 2015 the new-millennium world’s inaugural international conference on Integrative Maternity Healthcare was held in Auckland, New Zealand. That very first event, was called SOMCANZ – the Symposium of Maternity Carers NZ. It attracted a number of globally renown keynote speakers and exciting local presenters, all focused on the holistic topic of Integrative Maternity Healthcare. The symposium was an outstanding success, beyond our wildest expectations.
In April 2016 SOMCANZ joined in at the AIMA (Ausralasian Integrative Medicine Assoc) conference in Auckland, NZ. Then in April 2017 the first truly amalgamated AIMA-SOMCANZ conference was held, again in Auckland, NZ. And although it was an absolute privilege, on both occasions, to work alongside our esteemed general medical colleagues, it became obvious the Maternity aspect of Integrative Medicine also deserves its own regular global summits.
Until SOMCANZ, maternity health specialists could convene only under their individual professional organisational umbrellas. SOMCANZ was the world’s first Congress of all maternity specialist professionals of all therapeutic modalities, to finally connect and communicate with each other, under one roof. From Midwives to Medical Herbalists, from Hypnobirthers to Homeopaths, from Obstetricians to Osteopaths – and every therapeutic discipline in-between; with our collective goal being to uphold the World Health Organisation mandate:
“Optimal health and well-being are inclusive of the physical, social, psychological, emotional and spiritual dimensions of life.”
For those unaware, New Zealand has the worldwide reputation as providing nationally the best Maternity Healthcare system on the planet, led by holistic midwifery maternity care, and supported by cutting-edge obstetric medicine. So it is of no surprise the term Integrative Maternity HealthCare was first coined by a kiwi midwife (who was also the founding director of this organization).
In 2018 SOMCANZ was re-named IIMHCO (International Integrative Maternity HealthCare Organization) in line with the growing worldwide women-led demand for better access to ‘wholistic’ maternity healthcare.
We welcome you to attend our next Conference in Auckland 27-28-29 September 2019!
IIMHCO [Integrative Maternity HealthCare] CONFERENCE
Fri 27th, Sat 28th and Sun 29th September 2019, Auckland, New Zealand
Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this cutting-edge ground-breaking Conference!
Prof Anthropology & Author incl Birth as an American Rite of Passage
“I want to congratulate you both on a wonderful seminar/conference. I have spoken many times within the Chiropractic profession both in New Zealand, and internationally - and I must say your conference was right up there with some of the best … We would absolutely love to be involved again … I was thrilled to have a room that was ‘standing room’ only. You ran a beautifully organised conference and it is a wonderful step in the right direction for maternity care in NZ. Well done.”
Dr Sheridan Brady-Kay
Chiropractor / Nutritionist / Lecturer
“SOMCANZ was a revelation! It brought together for the first time many allied and varied health professionals … We declared our passions in an environment of acceptance and respect and every one of us was a little differently enlightened for having been part of that.”
Intelligent Health Homeopathy (and retired Midwife & Intensive Care Nurse)
“There is much to say that was positive about the day, despite the weather! The quality of your key note speakers was both informative and uplifting and the day extremely well run. The passion that the speakers bought to their topics was very moving and that was something that has stayed with me; to be with people who care so openly and deeply about their work is to be in a wonderful environment … you have worked incredibly hard to produce a very successful conference … I hope you will look at doing it again.”
Dr. Carolyn Young
Senior LMC Midwife & Lecturer
”I was very pleased with the symposium on Saturday. It was really great to have speakers from other disciplines who work to better the wellbeing of people – especially the women we care for in maternity. I was impressed with the knowledge that was passed onto the participants. I felt the break out groups worked well and the opportunities to network with participants was well organised. The sponsor groups were also well organised. Thank you for a successful inaugural gathering.”
Midwifery Facility Manager, Waitemata DHB
“The SOMCANZ conference was a wonderful concept and completely fulfilled my expectations. To be a keynote speaker as an Obstetrician was a great honour and I felt that the aims of the conference were achieved, and more. I hope Kathy is inspired to take the concept further and that together we can inspire more of my [obstetric] colleagues to become involved.”
Specialist Ob-Gyn & Clinical Director of NZ Maternal Fetal Medicine
“I thoroughly enjoyed the symposium and the opportunity to hear speakers from across a range of professional groups. I think we can be very proud of the quality of work and research in maternity care here in New Zealand and it not surprising to regularly hear from our international guests that we have a world class maternity system here.”
Dr. Robyn Maude
Midwifery Senior Lecturer
“I absolutely loved your programme, the professional tone of everything and the way it all seemed to run seamlessly. Thank you for the invitation to speak … am inspired by what you have achieved with this conference. A big thank you.”
S.A. Midwife & Keynote
“It was wonderful to be part of such a positive and inspiring event. It was such a pleasure seeing how successful it was and that all the amazing effort you put into it manifested in something as great as it was.”
Naturopath Medical Herbalist & co-director of Mother-Well Holistic Health
“It was an absolute pleasure to be involved. You both did an amazing job and should feel incredibly proud of the result, the great feedback and overall vibe of the event.”
Bio-Oil (Senior Brand Manager, BDM Grange)
”The SOMCANZ inaugural conference was awesome. It gave health professionals an opportunity to increase their awareness of natural solutions to support women in their journey … We all had a similar philosophy that stress has a negative impact on a women’s passage. This was a fantastic opportunity for information sharing and a collaborative response to improve national birthing statistics … You are both awesome.”
Naturopath & Midwife, HerHealth NZ
“I was very impressed by the professionalism of the inaugural conference on Integrated Maternity Care. The speakers were clear, precise and entertaining as well as imparting a good level of knowledge to the audience. The environment was friendly and welcoming which lead me to feel right at home amongst the various therapies and practitioners. I look forward to attending a next conference.”
“Just wanted to say thank you for such a great event on Saturday! It was so awesome to be a part of it.”
Martin & Pleasance (SpaTone, Bach Flower, Schessler Tissue Salts & more)t
“Thanks once again for allowing and encouraging H2 Oh Baby! to be involved with your awesome inaugural event. It was a fabulous atmosphere and an awesome exciting and inspiring learning and growing environment. So lovely to see the care and attention you gave everyone – huge thoughtfulness that contributed to the overall feeling of goodwill and integrity.”
H2 Oh Baby! (Birthing Pools)
“What a wonderful conference … it actually meant a lot to be there.”
AIMA NZ Conference Manager, Naturopath (& ex Midwife)
“Great job on organizing such an event as this. It was a pleasure to participate in and you managed to mix a lot of differing modalities and schools of thought into a very congruent weekend. I’m happy to participate again.”
Naturopathic Doctor & Medical Herbalist
“The conference on Saturday was amazing! Many congratulations for all your hard work and effort. It was fun, entertaining and full of fascinating and informative talks … be proud of all your hard work.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the first SOMCANZ conference. It was brilliantly organised from start to finish. Great speakers and an awesome networking opportunity. Thank you for all your hard work – it paid off!”
Acupuncturist & Naturopath
“The conference was wonderful, a very satisfying and encouraging day indeed!”
Student Midwife & TummyTalk magazine editor
“Such a wonderful day … I was very moved by a particularly well done Powhiri – then both Kathy’s and Marianne’s addresses were MARVELLOUS … For the Break-Out Sessions, I chose ‘Fertility & Infertility’ and ‘DHBs Looking to the Future’ – the speakers for both sessions were excellent.”
“I soo enjoyed the conference from start to finish. It was very professionally run yet family friendly, well organised. The speakers were all high class. It was hard to choose the concurrent sessions as so many interesting topics. The exhibits were all interesting and relevant. I will definitely recommend this conference when on again.”
“Thank you very much. It was my pleasure to attend.”
Naturopath, Health & Herbs
“It was great to be involved in such a fantastic event! …We look forward to hearing about future SOMCANZ occasions.”
“Delighted it went so well … Look forward to involvement next time.”
“It was our pleasure to be involved … it was successful. We look forward to working with you again.”
“Had a great time. Good to have such a mix of health professionals.”
“Thanks … Keep us posted on the next event”.
The Sleep Store
“Absolutely loved being there to be inspired by your speakers! When Robbie [Dr Davis-Floyd] cracked up I was grateful that it was not only me who does this … many thanks.”
“It was great to get together and hear from so many fantastic speakers … should have been over 2-3 days (!) I would have loved to hear Brad talk for longer.”
“I enjoyed the meeting and it had a very positive vibe re childbirth.”
“What I enjoyed was bumping into colleagues that I had lost contact with … The midwifery student who spoke at the end was my highlight.”
Snr Lecturer, South Pacific College of Natural Medicine
”Thank you so much for letting us as a profession contribute at SOMCANZ on Saturday … the conference was fabulously run … We really appreciated the process leading up the symposium, it was a great experience all round.”
Katie & Janette
“Had a great time on Saturday! Great to hear what we believe in being shared with others. I would have loved to keep listening to so much of what they had to say … I would gladly have had shorter meal breaks and heard more from the speakers.”
Manager, Helensville Birthing Centre
“You guys did an amazing job.”
Clinicians (Nutrition Support)
“Thank you for the weekend. For me I felt inspired and refreshed with the model of midwifery care that I aspire to.”
“Left feeling energised and taken aback with the passion and knowledge shared. Looking forward to more.”
Midwife & Author
“Thank you both so much for inviting Caroline and I to be part of the Conference, and for looking after us so well - we had a great time!”
Olympic Gold Medallists & Gala Dinner speakers
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IIMHCO Mission Statement
A visionary aim for the revolutionary Maternity-Care cross-discipline exchange of progressive research, innovative knowledge, enlightened experience and radical ideas; in a medically professional and universally holistic environment of liberal open-mindedness; for the compelling passion to create a global impact, by giving Women worldwide access to triadic body-mind-spirit maternal-neonatal health well-being, inspired by the values of humanistic empowerment.
Definition of IMHC "Integrative Maternity HealthCare"
When the medical and the holistic, the contemporary and the traditional, the mainstream and the alternative all respect how they complement each other, and form a united revolution of cohesive evolution, to create the ultimate in Best Practice Maternity Care.
IIMHCO Consensus Statement
IIMHCO recognises that complementary therapies can have important effects on the progress of pregnancy, labour and birth, and the postnatal period for both the woman and her baby. Maternity health professionals incorporating these therapies into their practice should either have undertaken a recognised education qualification or refer clients to appropriately qualified practitioners.