Frequently asked Questions
Why are midwives so valuable?
Midwives attend to 75%-80% of Ghanaian births. They are an indispensable part of our healthcare system. Without midwives, most women would not have a skilled medical attendant present at the birth of their child, greatly increasing their risk of complications or death.
What are the biggest challenges facing Ghana’s midwives today?
Sadly, the rate of maternal and infant death in Ghana is still too high. We are striving to work with our members and national stakeholders to improve resource and finances so we can provide the highest possible care to the women and families we serve.
Is GRMA only for Nurse-Midwives?
No. We welcome and represent ALL licensed midwives and midwifery students.
Is GRMA only for Private midwives?
No. In fact a majority of our members (78%) are working in public institutions. We welcome and represent ALL licensed midwives in Ghana.No. We welcome and represent ALL licensed midwives and midwifery students.
I’m a student. May I become a member of GRMA?
Yes. We encourage you to join GRMA as a student so you can receive mentorship and support from GRMA’s network of technical experts in their field. Check here [include hyperlink to student section] for more information.
I’m interested in becoming a member. What do I do?
You can register your interest in GRMA on our website [include hyperlink] and GRMA will contact you to discuss next steps. Alternatively, you can attend a regional meeting and complete a registration form in person.
What do I get as a member of GRMA?
GRMA members receive many valuable benefits aimed at supporting your career progression and improving the quality of care you deliver.
Member benefits include:
- National support and mentor network of professional specialists and technical experts
- Leadership opportunities at regional and national levels
- Midwife-focused advocacy at the community, national and international levels
- Automatic affiliation with the ICM and CONAMA, including sponsored opportunities for conferences attendance
- Discounted admission to GRMA’s Biennial General Meeting
- Future benefit: Free login and access to all GRMA’s online resources
- Future benefit: Discounted access to GRMA-accredited CPD workshops for skills development
How do I find out about regional meetings?
Regional meetings happen monthly, and your regional representatives can provide more information about their exact time and location. Contact us [include hyperlink to Contact Us] to find your regional representative.
Why is there more than one association for midwives in Ghana?
We welcome the fact our democracy allows free association so all voices can be heard. It is for this reason that other organisations are free to form. However, we are sure that no organisation has the same ability to advocate for you as a midwife, to provide technical expertise and to unite midwives across Ghana.
How is GRMA different from other organisations?
GRMA are different because we are the only professional body that represents ALL midwives in Ghana–both public and private. And it is the only association in Ghana affiliated with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and the Confederation of African Midwives Association (CONAMA), the influential organizations representing midwives around the world.
Is the National Association of Registered Midwives (NARM) automatically deducting money from midwives’ salaries? Is this legal?
It is true that NARM is automatically deducting and retaining a portion of public-sector midwives salaries. From what we understand, many of these midwives do not understand where this money from their paychecks is going or what value they receive from being an automatic member of NARM. It is our belief that this practice is illegal and should stop. Midwives should have a choice as to what association to be a part of.
Members of GRMA will never collect pay, fees or dues without the member’s consent for us to do so. We represent the interests of our members.