Saturday, May 05, 2012

Happy International Day of the Midwife

Today I am enjoying the global webinar
[Recordings are posted at this site when the presentation has been completed]

At present there are 100+ guests logged in, and Prof Lesley Page has given the first lecture.
Lesley said:
The world needs midwives who can practise to the full extent of their power now, more than ever.

[I will add links and my comments as the program proceeds]

One world birth - Go to this site for video interviews with outstanding leaders in the childbirthing movement around the world, and much more! 

Lisa Barrett from Adelaide, South Australia addressed the topic Birthing at Home Regardless of Risk: Educated Choice or an Extreme Sport?. This presentation is significant in the homebirth midwifery terrain that we are progressing through today. Lisa's position is, in my opinion, one end of the spectrum that spans the childbirth-midwifery-obstetrics debate. Yet Lisa is paying the price for her idealism, in that she has relinquished her midwifery registration and is now identifying herself as a birth advocate.

Michelle Zimmerman from Sydney spoke about her vision for 'WOMBS' a Women’s Birth Society: the Social Maternity Model That Returns Childbirth to Women and Their Local Communities.  I envy anyone who can work to the principles that maternity 'care' should be provided in group settings, in which women gather around each other for support and nurture, and in which the midwives work alongside other women in a volunteer, non-heirachial, unstructured way.  This sounds like the ideal 'village'.  Unfortunately it's not the world in which I live and work!

Kate Emerson, presented Nuchal Cord: Ritual and Routine, in which she explored her own experience and the literature, looking at the training midwives receive to routinely check for, and then intervene in, the presence of nuchal cord - and how this may contravene the midwifery model of care and commitment to evidence-based practice. Women’s experiences of nuchal cord management are explored in this session, along with a discussion of the more serious outcomes associated with routinely cutting a tight nuchal cord.

The presentation by Dr Rafat Jan, Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Aga Khan University, Pakistan is a very worth-while presentation. Midwives in Pakistan would appreciate support from midwives in other countries. The wonders of technology are there to be used! I will add information here, and look forward to virtual meetings with some of my colleagues in Pakistan!

Anna Maria Speciale, Midwife, Research Associate, Instituto de CooperaciĆ³n Social Integrare, Barcelona, Spain addressed the United Nations' H4+ High Burden Countries Initiative (HBCI) See the report Delivering health, Saving Lives

[I spent about 9 hours in the virtual meeting as it went to air, and I look forward to listening to the other presentations.]

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