VIDM 2020 Programme Calendar

All VIDM 2020 Conference sessions and links to the recordings are listed below.

Change the programme view at the top right of the calendar or search at top left – Search CATEGORIES and KEYWORDS (ie. Student Stream and Spanish).

May
4
Mon
2020
Preconference A: WHO guidance on maternal and newborn health during the coronavirus pandemic @ Room 4 - Big Blue Button
May 4 @ 19:00 – 19:50
Preconference A: WHO guidance on maternal and newborn health during the coronavirus pandemic @ Room 4 - Big Blue Button

Speakers: Elizabeth Iro, WHO Chief Nurse and Midwife; Fran McConville, WHO Midwifery advisor.

Facilitator: Jane Houston

Video greetings from Dr Tedros, WHO Director General: Click HERE

Recording: https://youtu.be/FL9yhtXZF9M

 

Preconference B: Sustaining quality midwifery care in a pandemic and beyond @ Room 4 - BigBlueButton
May 4 @ 20:00 – 21:00
Preconference B: Sustaining quality midwifery care in a pandemic and beyond @ Room 4 - BigBlueButton

Speakers:  Professor Mary Renfrew (University of Dundee, Scotland), Anna von Horsten (UNFPA), and Lastina Lwatula (Jhpiego Zambia) speaking on behalf of a group of global colleagues

Facilitator: Jane Houston

Recording: https://youtu.be/Ixd1q0oYu9w

01. KEYNOTE :: Humanising Childbirth: what can midwives do? @ Room 1 - BBB
May 4 @ 22:00 – 22:50
01. KEYNOTE :: Humanising Childbirth: what can midwives do? @ Room 1 - BBB

Speaker: Sheena Byrom

Facilitator: Catherine Salam

Check the time in your location: http://bit.ly/VIDoM20-start-time

It is the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and we are in the midst of a global pandemic. The world is reeling with the consequences of an unstoppable COVID-19 virus spread with reports of growing morbidities and mortalities each day, yet mothers and their unborn and newborn babies continue to need safe, compassionate maternity care. Whilst most childbearing women and their babies are healthy, they may experience clinical, psychological, and social vulnerabilities (Renfrew et al 2020).

In normal circumstances midwifery is acknowledged as the solution for quality maternal and newborn care (Renfrew et al 2014). In addition, midwives have been identified as having an essential role to play in humanitarian settings due to their position in communities, unique knowledge and skills (Beek et al 2019). However, in some parts of the world midwifery led services are being reduced due to various reasons including shortage of midwives (for various reasons) and lack of appropriate transfer systems.

During times of crisis there are greater risks of avoidable harm (Renfrew et al 2020) and in some countries reports are coming through that unnecessary interventions are being imposed such as Caesarean section deliveries and separation of mothers and babies even though international policy and position statement advice the contrary (ICM 2020, RCOG, WHO 2020). These events are in direct opposition to the increasing global movement to humanise childbirth from international policy to the direct contact we have with mothers, babies and families (Newnham et al 2018; Newnham & Page 2020) and it is our duty to challenge the situation.

At the end of this pandemic we are likely to see significant economic downturn where the most vulnerable will suffer the most. We must remember this and direct our attention to maximise the potential for a positive mother-infant connection during the critical time at birth, and early years.

This session will present the above challenges faced by midwives, mothers and families and offer potential solutions to support midwives in their quest to continue to provide optimal, humanised maternity care.

References

Recording: HERE

May
5
Tue
2020
17. Evidence Based Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic :: Invited Speaker @ Room 3 - BBB
May 5 @ 14:00 – 14:50
17. Evidence Based Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic :: Invited Speaker @ Room 3 - BBB

Speaker: Rebecca Dekker

Facilitator:  Karen Wilmot

Recording: HERE

During these uncertain times, it can be helpful to focus on facts and evidence-based information! In this session, Dr. Rebecca Dekker will talk about the latest research evidence on COVID-19 and pregnancy, as well as the implications of this research for families who are due to give birth during the pandemic. By the end of this session, you will be able to discuss the available research on COVID-19 in pregnancy, guidelines from professional groups from around the world, and the human rights of laboring families during a pandemic.

Founder, Evidence Based Birth®