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00 World Health Organization (WHO) Pre-conference session
May 4 @ 19:00 – 20:30
00  World Health Organization (WHO) Pre-conference session @ Room B - BBB

Title: Celebrating global achievements in midwifery: Opportunities and challenges in 2022

Lead speakers: Fran McConville and Elizabeth Iro

Additional speakers: Adetoro Adegoke; Irina Popescu; Matthew Chersich; Annie Portela; Mercedes Bonet

Multi-country panel: Representatives from Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Malawi, and Bolivia.

Facilitator: Jane Houston

Welcome to our 2022 WHO celebration of midwives! Hear what the WHO Director-General has to say about how much WHO values the skilled, compassionate care and dedication of midwives globally.

The past two years have seen a notable increase in global attention to midwifery through the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife (2020), the publication of the 2021 State of the Worlds Midwifery (SOWMy) report and the WHO Strategic Directions in  Nursing and Midwifery (SDNM) 2021-25.  These reports identify four urgent priorities: strengthen midwifery leadership, strengthen quality midwifery education, invest in midwife-led care and services and improve planning and management of the midwifery workforce. 

Join us to learn how WHO is taking forward these recommendations and hear the voices of midwives on the challenges they face and the progress they are making.

Find out about the impact of climate change on women and their newborns and learn why the new “hot of the press” WHO recommendations on maternal and newborn care for a positive postnatal experience will support you in providing quality post-natal to women, newborns and their families.


01 Keynote :: Hermine Hayes-Klein
May 4 @ 22:00 – 22:50
01 Keynote :: Hermine Hayes-Klein @ Room D - BBB

Title:  Human Rights in Childbirth

Keynote: Hermine Hayes-Klein

Facilitator: Catherine Salam


03 Invited Speakers :: Taumanova Alvarez Acosta and Sonia Cavia (Spanish)
May 5 @ 00:00 – 00:50
03 Invited Speakers :: Taumanova Alvarez Acosta and Sonia Cavia (Spanish) @ Room C - BBB

Title: Mujeres y parteras: Fortalecimiento en red  / Women and midwives: Strengthening Through Network 

Invited Speakers: Taumanova Alvarez Acosta and Sonia Cavia

Facilitator: Paola Wilkin

RELACAHUPAN (Red latinoamericana y del Caribe  por la humanización del parto y nacimiento )

El objetivo de la red está centrado en apoyar y promover la consolidación de modelos respetuosos de atención a las mujeres y familias durante sus procesos de gestar, parir, nacer. 

Siendo múltiples los contextos  y realidades en Latinoamérica y el Caribe, las parteras siguen siendo  personas claves en el cuidado de la vida, no solo por su pertinencia social , si no por su valiosísimo conocimiento y auténtica empatía.

Queremos compartir en este espacio, lo que es la RELACAHUPAN, algunas iniciativas que suman al reconocimiento de las parteras y dignificar su práctica en los distintos contextos , así como promover las alianzas en red como estrategia para seguir concretando en el cotidiano los derechos de las mujeres y de las mujeres parteras.

RELACAHUPAN (Latin American and Caribbean Network for the Humanization of Childbirth)

The objective of the network is focused on supporting and promoting the consolidation of respectful models of care for women and families during their pregnancy and childbirth  processes.

In the face of multiple contexts and realities in Latin America and the Caribbean, midwives continue to be key in the care for life, not only because of their social relevance, but also because of their invaluable knowledge and authentic empathy.

We want to share in this space, what RELACAHUPAN is, some initiatives that add to the recognition of midwives and to dignify their practice in different contexts, as well as to promote network alliances as a strategy to continue concretizing the rights of women and women midwives in daily life.


03 Women’s knowledge and perception of fetal movements during late pregnancy: Findings from an Aotearoa – New Zealand survey
May 5 @ 00:00 – 00:50
03 Women’s knowledge and perception of fetal movements during late pregnancy: Findings from an Aotearoa - New Zealand survey @ Room A - BBB

Speakers: Robin Cronin and Billie Bradford

Facilitator: Belle Bruce

Background: Consensus-based guidelines encourage midwives to inform women about normal fetal movements and when to report concerns, despite limited information to guide clinical practice. 

Method: We undertook an online New Zealand-wide survey of women at 28 weeks gestation. 

Results: Data were available on 1334 participants. Fetal movements were stronger in the evening (950, 71.2%) and ‘busy times’ were more common in the evening (937, 70.2%). During the last week episode of ‘wild-crazy’ fetal movements (1069, 80.1%) and fetal hiccups (855, 64.1%) were reported by the majority. Two-thirds (857, 64.2%) had received information about what fetal movements to expect and 58.0% (774) would like more information. Midwives were the most trusted source of information (942, 70.6%). Most women (1113, 83.1%) had been concerned about fetal movements.

Conclusions: Nearly half the pregnant women surveyed would like more fetal movement information. This could include diurnal pattern and other common characteristics of normal fetal…


04 Midwives, trauma and sustainability
May 5 @ 01:00 – 01:50
04 Midwives, trauma and sustainability @ Room B - BBB

Speaker: Lianne Schwartz

Facilitator: Paola Wilkin

As midwives, we’re always caring for others. Caring for ourselves, though, is what keeps midwifery sustainable. Even before the pandemic, midwives were facing burnout, anxiety, depression and chronic stress in unprecedented numbers. The last two years have only increased the challenge.

Midwives are there at the very juncture of life’s beginning. We are constantly faced with the unknown, with varying degrees of responsibility and skill in that process. Supporting birth can be hard, and midwives as well as women can leave a birth feeling traumatized and in need of support. It’s vital that we understand and begin to cultivate integration and healing of trauma we’ve witnessed and experienced as a midwife.

This talk encourages self-reflection as well as sharing tools and practices midwives can use to support themselves and colleagues through times of turmoil.

Nourished Midwife resources


06 Obesity-related risk in pregnancy: Those most affected and reducing that risk
May 5 @ 03:00 – 03:50
07 Weighing up the risks: Vaccine hesitancy in pregnancy and early childhood
May 5 @ 04:00 – 04:50
07 Weighing up the risks: Vaccine hesitancy in pregnancy and early childhood @ Room B - BBB

Speaker: Susan Smith

Facilitator: Belle Bruce

This presentation discusses the influences on vaccine hesitant parents and pregnant women. Immunisation is universally accepted as one of the most significant health initiatives in recent times. However, vaccine hesitancy is increasing in Australia and other high- and middle-income countries. The recommendation of a midwife is a predictor for vaccine uptake. A qualitative exploratory online survey of vaccine hesitant parents and pregnant women (n=106) was conducted in 2021. Pregnant women and parents obtained most of their immunisation education from midwives, nurses and general practitioners. Vaccine decision-making was influenced by vaccine safety concerns, the sources of information, the use of alternative therapies, diet, and lifestyle factors. Midwives are a popular, respected and a vital source in the provision of accurate and timely immunisation education. However, further education is required at an undergraduate level to adequately prepare them for their role of listening to and educating vaccine hesitant pregnant women and parents.


08 Keynote :: Pragati Sharma
May 5 @ 05:00 – 05:50
08 Keynote :: Pragati Sharma @ Room D - BBB

Title: Midwifery Leadership

Keynote Speaker: Pragati Sharma

Facilitator: Caroline Maringa


09 Findings from a mixed methods feasibility and effectiveness pilot study of 4 training approaches of the ENC Now! content
May 5 @ 06:00 – 06:50
09 Findings from a mixed methods feasibility and effectiveness pilot study of 4 training approaches of the ENC Now! content @ Room A - BBB

Speakers: Astrid Groenbaek, Heaven Workneh, and Selamawit Tesfaye

Facilitator: Linda Wylie

Abstract: We will present the findings from the mixed methods feasibility and effectiveness study including knowledge and skills assessments results from baseline, endline and a 3-month follow-up of a four-arm pilot study. The pilot-study tested short (1.5 day) vs. spaced training (5 sessions bi-weekly) approaches of the ENC Now! content (Prepare for Birth, Routine Care, The Golden Minute-Stimulation, The Golden Minute Ventilation, and Continued Ventilation) with and without integration of the Safe Delivery App along with 3 months of human-prompted self-directed learning for repeated practice in a semi-urban context (Debrebirhan) in Ethiopia. At the outset of this project little evidence was available on the effectiveness of remote training and the project was set up with a rigorous monitoring and evaluation system to generate insights into what works and what does not.


11 Maternal Journal: Creative journaling to support mental health and wellbeing through pregnancy, birth and beyond
May 5 @ 08:00 – 08:50
11 Maternal Journal: Creative journaling to support mental health and wellbeing through pregnancy, birth and beyond @ Room A - BBB

Speaker: Laura Godfrey-Isaacs

Facilitator: Bupe Mwamba

Abstract: Maternal Journal is a global community movement of journaling groups, thousands on social media and a new publication. It was born in response to a need to support, through creative journaling the mental health and wellbeing for those going through pregnancy, birth and new parenthood. 

It builds on the significant feminist tradition of journaling by supporting and inspiring anyone going through the transformation into life as a parent. Participants are guided through unique exercises that will help to raise voices, process thoughts, feelings and emotions and boost wellbeing through creative practices. 

Maternal Journal’s beautifully illustrated and easy-to-use guides are led by artists, psychotherapists, midwives, poets, authors, doulas and activists to help explore creativity and empower women and birthing people to share their experiences and take time for themselves.


15 Effect of nursing educational program on exclusive breastfeeding of adolescent mothers attending ANC at Primary Health Centers in Zaria Metropolis
May 5 @ 12:00 – 12:50
15 Effect of nursing educational program on exclusive breastfeeding of adolescent mothers attending ANC at Primary Health Centers in Zaria Metropolis @ Room C - BBB

Speakers: Amina Abdulraheem

Facilitator: Halima Musa Abdul

Adolescent mothers are at increased risk of having preterm birth, low-birth-weight babies and low knowledge of exclusive breastfeeding. The study aimed to evaluate the effect of nursing educational program on exclusive breastfeeding of adolescent mothers attending Antenatal clinic in Zaria Metropolis. A quasi experimental design using a multistage sampling technique to obtain data from 302 adolescent mothers. Data were collected using structured and validated interviewer-administered questionnaire and observation checklist before and after the intervention. Descriptive statistics, unpaired-sample t-test and segmented Poisson regression were used to evaluate the effect. At post-tests, the mean knowledge and practice scores of mothers in the intervention group improved significantly (P value 0.05) at first week, 6th week, 10th week, 14th week and 6th month postpartum. Mothers in the intervention group were more satisfied with their role of exclusive breastfeeding than those in the control group (p-value 0.0000). There is a need for midwives to continue health educating adolescent mothers on exclusive breastfeeding…

Co-authors: Hayat Gommaa and Ayishetu U Musa-Maliki



15  Bringing the passion back to midwifery to provide better care for mothers and babies
May 5 @ 12:00 – 12:50
15  Bringing the passion back to midwifery to provide better care for mothers and babies @ Room A - BBB

Speaker: Gill Allen

Facilitator: Diane Fox

There is not a midwife in the world who would say “I do not like my job” or “I do not care” and yet many are leaving the profession, some with sadness, some with anger, and some because they have been broken .

Here at Portsmouth we were on the same track, but things are improving. I will share the journey, a difficult, challenging, yet successful story of how we implemented the Continuity of Carer model benefitting mothers and babies, as well as midwives.

I will explain the project and the phases of implementation, together with how the challenges we faced were overcome.  I will explain how the passion has been brought back to midwifery and alongside the sharing of statistics I will share the feedback that has been received from the families and our midwives.


18 Midwives in focus: Exploring professional identity, strong midwifery leadership and representations of midwifery around the world
May 5 @ 15:00 – 15:50
18 Midwives in focus: Exploring professional identity, strong midwifery leadership and representations of midwifery around the world @ Room C - BBB

Speaker: Sally Pezaro and Pandora Hardtman

Facilitator: Susan Kiamba

Scaling up quality midwifery and strong midwifery leadership has been identified as a “global priority”, as evidence demonstrates that the provision of high-quality care by midwives can avert the majority of maternal and neonatal deaths worldwide. Yet the latest “State of the World’s Midwifery” report outlines how midwifery work remains undervalued. This may be in part due to the integration of midwifery and nursing along with a lack of representation and guidance for strong leadership for the midwifery profession.

Therefore aim of this project was to:

  1.  Measure and compare the professional identity of both midwives and nurse-midwives
  2.  Collect examples of strong midwifery leadership and explore how such leadership may be upscaled and sustained.
  3.  Invite midwives/nurse-midwives to consider how they might instantiate or ‘represent’ the midwifery profession to the world.

This presentation will share ‘Midwives In Focus’, our early analyses and results including international representations of midwifery.



19  Invited Speaker :: Céline Lemay (French)
May 5 @ 16:00 – 16:50
19  Invited Speaker :: Céline Lemay (French) @ Room B - BBB

Title: Holding space…. Together

Speaker: Céline Lemay

Facilitator: Paloma Terra

Midwives are important health professionals making a difference in maternity care. They are often evolving in a context of institutions structured by technomedicine and industrialized vision of birth and work. Researches have been done on places of birth, midwives, women and families. However, “ humans are creatures who participate to spaces that are unknown to physics” (Sloterdijk, free translation from French). Then, we can explore seven spaces (like the seven directions of native people) concerning the world of birth: one with light, spirits, soul and joy, one with science, medicine, EBM and numbers, one with hands, bodies, skills and senses, one with words, stories, poetry and knowledges, one with darkness, fear and tears, one with technology and machines and finally one with human birth processes, transformation, passages (including death) and imperfection. These spaces are all connected and weaved at different times and weight around the birth processes. These spaces are not in a particular order, line or even circle…. they are part of a sphere, the planet birth…. where are the midwives in this world? We will explore their role as human beings caring for humanity, holding space and welcoming life processes with their heart and hands. There is no recipe. We need humility and wisdom. As midwives, maybe a shared consciousness can contribute globally to hold the birth space and care…. together. 



21 Midwifery advocacy: Leading beyond the bedside
May 5 @ 18:00 – 18:50
21 Midwifery advocacy: Leading beyond the bedside @ Room A - BBB

Speaker: Suzanne Wertman

Facilitator: Elisa Segoni

Suzanne will present a motivating discussion of why and how midwives should be engaged as leaders in advocacy and policy making at all levels. We advocate for our patients every day in clinics, hospitals, birth centers and homes. Some of us get involved in political advocacy and policy making at the department, health system, local community levels. Many of us are intimidated or discouraged about making the midwifery perspective on sexual and reproductive health heard at the state, national and global levels, or we don’t see ourselves as advocacy leaders. Find out why each one of us needs to advocate and why it is essential that every midwife has a role in policy making. Learn effective ways that each one of us can increase access to midwifery care, achieve reproductive justice, improve working conditions of midwives, and raise our visibility and status in our communities.


24 Keynote :: Amber Price
May 5 @ 21:00 – 21:50
24 Keynote :: Amber Price @ Room D - BBB

Title: Change leadership in women’s health: Leading with impact

Keynote Speaker: Amber Price

Facilitator: Olajumoke Ojeleye

Abstract: TBA

Be sure to join the VIDM team for the Closing Ceremony after the Keynote Speaker.  No need to change rooms – stay here in Room D – 24.