The Virtual International Day of the Midwife (VIDM) is an annual online conference which celebrates the International Day of the Midwife. It is held on or around May 5th each year to be as close to the International Day of the Midwife as possible.
VIDM runs for 24 hours and covers a wide range of subjects with speakers from around the globe. It uses online conferencing software to bring together people who have an interest in childbirth matters – midwives, students and consumers — all completely free.
This podcast highlights the conference, the speakers and behind the scenes planning.
Giving birth in freedom: alternative positions in birth and expulsive period.
Since ancient times, women have chosen the position in which to give birth. The excessive medicalization, however, has led to the prevalence of the woman’s immobility. Semi-quantitative observational study conducted with convention sampling on 115 women who gave birth between March and April 2017 recruited at the time of discharge. A questionnaire divided into four sections was administered with the following object: 1) socio-demographic situation, 2) management of labor, 3) management of the expulsive period and maternal outcomes, 4) maternal satisfaction. The data were divided into two groups: Group A (free positions) vs Group B (horizontal position). In the qualitative part of the questionnaire, the experience of women in the delivery room regarding freedom of movement or any postural coercion was collected. The analysis of the data shows that women who experienced freedom of movement said they had improved the experience of labor/delivery and the perception of pain.