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Facilitator: Jane Houston
Join the World Health Organization (WHO) Director General, the Chief Nurse (a midwife!), and the Midwifery Advisor to hear the headlines of the State of the Worlds Midwifery Report – hot off the press! Find out what the future holds for midwifery education, services, workforce, and leadership from WHO midwives around the world. This is your opportunity to ask questions and give your valuable inputs to WHO.
With videos from Harriet Chanza (National professional Officer/Family Health and Population at World Health Organization, Malawi Country Office) and Pragati Sharma (WHO Consultant to India’s national Midwifery initiative), discussing their work. Be sure to view the powerful Parallel Lives video from Water Aid shown during this presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz84KiKAKPs
Keynote Speaker: Soo Downe
Facilitator: Catherine Salam
The growing emphasis on professionalism in midwifery and in other health and social care groups runs the risk of obscuring the critical role of vocation in these occupations. As ‘professionalism’ becomes increasingly identified with power and elitism, and with managerial control and standardization, the question of personalized, equitable, humane health care is becoming increasingly acute. This is a critical area of investigation in midwifery, for all women and childbearing people, and especially for those who are currently most marginalized. This presentation will explore some of the issues arising from the apparent conflicts between ‘professional’ and ‘vocational’ approaches to midwifery and to maternity care, in the light of some of the current issues midwives encounter, from maternal mortality to informed choice. The intention is to raise some questions for debate, and to propose that a synergy of vocational and professional ways of being might help us to create a ‘future perfect’ form of equitable maternity care.
Adapted from an earlier presentation to the RCM Research Conference 2021
Otras metodologías educativas de aprendizaje para el logro del liderazgo en Obstetricia
Speakers: Devora Pumacahua Aira and Diego Huamani
La pandemia por covid-19 desenmascaró un sinnúmero de falencias y problemas para lo que en general, no estábamos preparados en el mundo entero. Uno de estos problemas que se evidenció es la continuidad en la formación de nuevos cuadros de profesionales de la salud.
Desde el 2019 la OMS ha visto la necesidad de usar redes sociales que son de uso muy frecuente en especial por los jóvenes y a pesar de que la pandemia a alejado a los estudiantes de los centros de formación, no es un impedimento para continuar estudios. Es por eso por lo que, desde la Escuela profesional de Obstetricia, de la Universidad San Martín de Porres, los jóvenes estudiantes se han involucrado más activamente en su formación utilizando tecnologías digitales y estrategias comunicacionales que les permite empoderarse de su formación y aprender a ser líderes, de líderes consolidados, así como apoyar y alentar desde el ciberespacio a los profesionales que se encuentran en la primera línea de atención.
Keynote Speaker: Hannah Dahlen
Facilitator: Karen Wilmot
Midwifery, childbearing women and feminism are a historical triparted. We have come so far, but not far enough. We have fought so hard but have we been as strategic as we could be? Do we see the threats today clearly? Can we be braver. louder, smarter, stronger? Do we really believe in what we do? How do we reclaim the passion and re-find our hope?
Speaker: Joeri Vermeulen
Introduction: This study aimed to explore the current state of professionalisation of midwifery in Europe. Methods: An exploratory inquiry with an on-line semi-structured questionnaire, based on Greenwood’s sociological criteria for a profession. Descriptive statistics and thematic content analysis were used. Participants were delegates from midwifery associations from 29 European countries. Results: Progress towards professionalisation of midwifery has been made through the move of education into higher education, coupled with opportunities for postgraduate education and research. Lack of progress was noted in regard to midwifery practice, regulation, and leadership. Most countries had a code of ethics as well as a midwifery association. Conclusions: Progress in midwifery education and research has taken place. However, midwives’ current roles in practice as well as leadership and their influence on health care culture and politics are matters of concern. Future efforts for advancing professionalisation in Europe should focus on the challenges in these areas.
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Speaker: Stella Nickolay
Facilitator: Elisa Segoni
The UK-based Helen Loewenstein Memorial Trust (HLMT) makes grants to student midwives in Liberia who would not otherwise have sufficient funds to train, by covering course-fees and essential study expenses. Liberia has the world’s third-lowest GDP. Its rate of maternal mortality is 80 times higher than the UK, and its proportion of qualified midwives 24 times lower. 44% of Liberian women give birth without professional help. The presentation will outline how HLMT has raised funds and twinned with a midwifery training institute in Zorza, Liberia, and is sponsoring students. Key issues include: • Building trust with key stakeholders in Liberia • Ensuring that HLMT supports the school’s and students’ needs rather than impose its agendas from afar • Ensuring that its funds are spent for the purposes intended. In exploring HLMT’s work, the presentation will cover these ethical and logistical issues and will enable participants to engage in active discussion
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Keynote Speaker: Kaveri Mayra
Obstetric violence has engulfed the world, making it an epidemic that goes unnoticed while being in front of our eyes, with birth being a part of all our lives. I was horrified when I noticed it first as an adolescent midwifery and nursing student over 15 years ago in my home state, and then around the country in India. My readings led to the realization that the problem isn’t Indian, or Asian, women were being violated and are birthing in dehumanized conditions globally, including the developed countries with well funded health systems. My research, spanning over a decade, inherently focused on bringing out these stories of birth in all it’s reality, embracing its joy, fear, shame, stigma and all its sensitivities. Visual arts based research gave me the tools to cross the barriers of power, language and cultural norms based inequities, to explore and understand women’s stories of birth involving trauma and violence. After studying through various traditional forms of data collection and analysis in research, birth mapping (an adaptation of body mapping) was born, as a revelation that presented the embodied birthing experiences in their holistic form. My work brings forth midwives and nurses perspectives and experiences, as key stakeholders in caring for women during childbirth and a crucial missing voice in finding ways to ensure respectful care. My research is embedded in critical feminist theory and uses an intersectional inequities lens to acknowledge women and birthing people’s unique experiences and how it is impacted by their positionality across the intersections. This is essential to address from the gentlest to the most traumatic forms of obstetric violence and to ensure equity in birth.