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Speaker: Gergana Nikolova
Facilitator: Paula Pelletier-Butler
Very often, when we talk about midwifery practice and motherhood, we describe the perfect circumstances and bond between the mother and her best friend – the midwife. And don’t we all wish that were true? Sadly, more often than not, the reality is far from the ideal. The presentation will tell the story of the National campaign “Midwives alongside mothers” which was born to fulfill the need for structured and consistent evidence-based midwifery care for every mother across Bulgaria. The campaign is organised and run by the Alliance of the Bulgaria Midwives and for the last 3 years has provided nationwide free antenatal education courses, breastfeeding seminars, local intrapartum support, and now during the pandemic – additional regular online updates and support groups. The presentation demonstrates how even in difficult and challenging circumstances, a midwife’s support can be offered to every mother whenever she needs it.
Speaker: Isabella Garti
Facilitator: Bupe Mwamba
The purpose/problem: Midwives in poorly resourced settings are engaged in pre-eclampsia management and deliver lifesaving interventions depending on the prescribed scope of practice. Therefore, we aimed to produce a synthesized summary of what midwives from around the world know about pre-eclampsia management. Method: We utilized the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) format and the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta‐Analysis extension for scoping reviews (PRISMA-Scr) checklist. Results: Following application of the inclusion criteria, twenty journal articles from low- and middle-income countries and nine guidelines were reviewed. Three main themes identified related to management whilst the last theme described how contextual factors led to either increased or decreased knowledge of pre-eclampsia. Conclusion: Midwives in some low- and middle-income countries have knowledge deficits of several aspects of pre-eclampsia management. The review suggests pragmatic steps are urgently needed to strengthen the knowledge base of practicing midwives in resourced constrained settings.
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: Aisha Salihu Abdullahi
Facilitators: Halima Musa Abdul & Afolabi Olajumoke
Description: Background: Midwives remain the major human resource for improving maternal health in communities especially by providing essential intrapartum care that is paramount in reducing maternal mortality. A paperless approach to the use of the partograph can ensure the use of the partograph by midwives in low resource settings thereby decreasing prolonged labours with its attendant morbidities. Aim: This study aimed to assess midwives’ satisfaction on the use of the paperless partograph in monitoring of labours in Katsina, Nigeria. Methodology: A descriptive cross-sectional research design was used. A total of 16 midwives employed in the delivery ward of the secondary care facility were purposefully recruited for the study. Using a researcher questionnaire, the opinion of the midwives working in the delivery ward were obtained. Results: The midwives reported satisfaction with the tool with an aggregate mean of 5.78 (constant mean = 4). Conclusion: the paperless partograph is a satisfactory tool that can be adopted for the monitoring of labours.
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Speaker: Jennifer Goldberg
Facilitator: Niessa Meier
This study is a mixed mode (paper and internet) cross-sectional survey that explores midwives’ attitudes towards sexual and gender minority people (SGM). The need for this research is demonstrated by: (1) published literature showing midwives’ attitudes shape the care experiences of lesbian women; (2) a lack of literature on midwives’ attitudes towards all SGM. The response rate was 29.2% (n=270). Data analysis is in progress and includes measurement of Ontario midwives’ attitudes towards SGM and assessment of differences in attitudes toward SGM based on socio-demographic data. This study addresses a crucial gap at the intersection of SGM health equity and midwifery. Understanding how attitudes are shaped can help inform the process to build the capacity of midwives to provide quality, inclusive and safe care to all SGM, which could play an important role in reducing health disparities of SGM and improve their health outcomes.
NOTE: This presentation will be first in English, then in Spanish. Questions and answers will be in either language.
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