Congress Plenaries

Access: bridging the gap to improving care & outcomes for women and their families

Monday, 2 June, 2014, Congress Hall, 9:00 - 10:30

Session content:

  • Introduction and announcements
  • Keynote speaker Lisa Kane Low
  • Vice president Debrah Lewis with key decisions from ICM Council

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Lisa Kane Low

PhD CNM FACNM

Lisa Kane LowLisa is an Associate Professor and Director of Midwifery Education at the University of Michigan where she holds joint appointments in the School of Nursing and Women’s Studies Department. She also maintains a clinical practice appointment at the University of Michigan Health System in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  As the Chair of the Division of Standards and Practice of the American College of Nurse Midwives she providers leadership to promote evidence based care guidelines, removal of barriers to midwifery practice and improvements in quality care for women and their families.

Lisa has conducted National Institutes of Health funded research focused on care practices during labour and birth, with an emphasis on second stage labor and care in low resources settings to reduce risk of post partum hemorrhage. She has participated in multidisciplinary research teams focused on pelvic floor health, challenges to use of electronic fetal monitoring, transfer of care across birth settings and sexual health post partum. She currently chairs the Physiological Birth Tool Kit Subcommittee of the American College of Nurse Midwives which is a multi-organizational project to provide resources for maternity care providers to support physiologic normal birth. She is also on the Research Standing Committee working on the Research Agenda for ICM.

 

State of the World's Midwifery 2014 report's launch

Tuesday, 3 June 2014, Congress Hall, 11:00 - 12:30

Session content:

  • Introduction and announcements
  • State of the World's Midwifery 2014 report's launch

The State of the World's Midwifery 2014 report is the second global report on Midwifery workforce, a central issue for Maternal and Newborn health. The first one has been launched at the ICM Congress in Durban. This second report is providing data on 73 countries and is taking stock of progress made in planning, producing and managing midwifery workforce. The report is also analysing the context and making projections towards 2030. The launch will be the opportunity to discuss the importance of midwifery, the progress and the ways forward.

 

Education: the bridge to midwifery and women’s autonomy

Wednesday, 4 June 2014, Congress Hall, 11:00 - 12:30

Session content:

  • Introduction and announcements
  • Keynote speaker Her Excellency Toyin Saraki
  • Keynote speaker Cecily Begley

Her Excellency Toyin Saraki

Founder-Director, Wellbeing Foundation Africa

Her Excellency Toyin SarakiHer Excellency Toyin Ojora-Saraki built a successful private sector career before dedicating the last 22 years to philanthropy. In 1994, Toyin started the Lifestream Charity to sponsor corrective surgeries for children with heart deformities and has since immersed in humanitarian and development work. As the First Lady of Kwara State, Nigeria, from 2003-2011, Toyin fought for Child Rights and enhanced the access of every citizen to healthcare and education. As Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), Toyin advocates internationally for MNCH and the improvement of the health systems across Africa. WBFA’s Personal Health Record© is currently aiding in reducing child and maternal mortality in Nigeria and will move Africa towards attaining MDGs 4 and 5.

A global advocate of the UNs’ Every Woman Every Child effort, Toyin acts as Board Chair of the White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria, Chair of the FIDA International Committee on Law Protecting the Rights of Children, Goodwill Ambassador of the Olave Baden- Powell Society (OB-PS) which supports the efforts of the World Association of Girls Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), and sits on the boards of the Global Foundation for the Elimination of Domestic Violence and The Africa Justice Foundation.

Prof. Cecily Begley

Chair of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Prof. Cecily BegleyProf Begley, a registered nurse, midwife and midwife teacher, is Chair of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin. Prof Begley has been successful in obtaining €7.5m euro in research funding in the last 6 years, as Principal Investigator, and has supervised 21 PhD students to completion. She is a member of national and international research review committees, has published over 100 peer-reviewed research papers, and is Section Editor for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Her main research areas are: normal birth, midwifery-led care and expectant management of the third stage of labour. She is at present co-ordinating (with Prof. Mike Clarke and Deirdre Daly) the MAMMI study (Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland) and leading an FP7 Health-funded study on increasing VBAC through women-centred care (OptiBIRTH).

 

Midwifery bridging culture and practice

Thursday, 5 June, 2014, Congress Hall, 13:30 - 14:30

Session content:

  • Introduction and announcements
  • Keynote speaker Ngai Fen Cheun

Ngai Fen Cheung

PhD MSc RM RGN

Adviser to Chinese Midwifery Expert Committee, Chinese Maternal and Child Health Association.

Ngai Fen CheungUK trained midwife and researcher. Set up the first Midwifery Research Unit and the first Midwife-let Unit in Hangzhou, China. Her main research interest is in childbearing women’s well-being, theorizing normality of childbirth as an approach to developing midwifery and midwifery education in higher education in China; established a teacher-student exchange programme with the University of Edinburgh; prepared and organised ‘the Normal Labour & Birth: 7th International Research Conference’ in China in 2012 and ICM-Chinese midwifery gap analysis in 2014. She did some cross-cultural studies in Childbearing experience of Chinese and Scottish women, caesarean decision-making in China. Other projects that she is currently involved in are a randomised controlled trial of the midwifery-led care study in 10 hospitals in China, and ‘Challenging inequality: the maternity care study of migrants in China’. The latter study is a part of an ongoing four year international project ‘Childbirth Cultures and Consequence’ (COST IS0907) headed by Professor Soo Downe. Her research aims to document and to explain the practices of midwifery both in China and elsewhere, promoting normal birth and modern maternity care.

 

   
 
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