In May 2015 the new-millennium world’s inaugural international conference on Integrative Maternity Healthcare was held in Auckland, New Zealand, under the name SOMCANZ (Symposium of Maternity Carers New Zealand). It attracted a number of globally renown keynote speakers and exciting local presenters, all focused on the holistic topic of Integrative Maternity Healthcare. The Conference was an outstanding success!
In April 2016 and 2017, SOMCANZ amalgamated with AIMA (Australasian Integrative Medicine Association) NZ’s conferences, partnering to acknowledge one of the key foundations of wellness: Healthy parent = Healthy babyWe developed a comprehensive programme to enable attendees from both SOMCANZ and AIMA to explore their areas of interest within Integrative Medicine and Maternity HealthCare.
However due to popular demand, it has become clear, the Maternity aspect of integrative healthcare does require its own dedicated Conference … to date hosted in New Zealand, which is a country that has gained the worldwide reputation for providing nationally some of the very best maternity healthcare systems on the planet, led by holistic Midwifery care, and supported by cutting-edge Obstetric medicine.
In 2018 it also became clear, we needed to update our organisation SOMCANZ acronym to reflect the exponentially growing worldwide interest: IIMHCO International Integrative Maternity HealthCare Organization (pronounced Im-Co).