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Virtual International Day of the Midwife

Virtual International Day of the Midwife

By Virtual International Day of the Midwife
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.
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Birhan Tsegaw Taye Poster Presentation

Virtual International Day of the Midwife

Poster Presentation FILOMENA STILE
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.
May 17, 2022
Liz McNeill Thru The Pinard Podcast
Post graduate studies can seem daunting and beyond the reach of midwives. This podcast helps to demystify the process and to share other peoples journeys into midwifery and post graduate studies.    This podcast tells the behind the scenes stories from a personal point of view, and shares tips and tricks on how to survive and celebrate these major milestones. Listeners are encouraged to continue the discussion on social media, reach out and contact interviewees and continue to improve midwifery and maternity care globally. Far too many midwives feel they aren't smart enough to do post graduate studies nor see how it connects to clinical midwives. This podcast helps to demystify the process by sharing journeys from a wide variety of midwives with PhDs about their studies. By talking about their areas of study, we also help disseminate research findings to a new audience or the cost of downloading a podcast.
May 03, 2022
Helen Elliott-Mainwaring Poster Presentation
There are considerable tensions for healthcare staff between their employee allegiance and contracts, patient safety, and their responsibilities to codes of conduct within professional registration, and the NHS Constitution. The research aim was to identify how power and hierarchy influence staff safety in maternity services and this was achieved by reviewing research papers concerned with personal narratives of staff experiences and perspectives of employment in their profession. This systematic narrative review was based on the approach of a narrative synthesis. Power and hierarchy influence staff safety in maternity services by creating challenges to staff safety, which appear to essentially derive from poor communication. The negative influences of the cultural concepts of power and hierarchy on staff safety are significant within maternity services. Disconfirmation findings, those which stood out as different from the rest, evidenced the possibilities that healthy, psychologically safe working conditions could offer for healthcare staff in improving culture.
May 03, 2022
Birhan Tsegaw Taye Poster Presentation
Background: In low and middle-income countries, many childbirths still occur at home unskilled attendants. This study assessed reasons for traditional birth attendants’ preference, utilization, and associated factors.  Methods: A cross-sectional study was employed among 416 women. Study participants were recruited by a simple random sampling technique. Data were collected using a pretested and interviewer-administered questionnaire.  A multivariable logistic regression model was fitted and the level of significance was determined at a p-value of <0.05.  Result: About 31.5% of the participants were used traditional birth attendants(TBAs) in their recent birth. Marital status, age marriage, time to reach a health facility, know danger signs, attitude towards TBAs, antenatal care follow-up, and listening radio were predictors of TBA utilization at birth.  Conclusion: Still TBAs are women’s first choice of birth attendants. Antenatal care and health education programs might enhance skilled delivery utilization and strategies targeted on reasons for TBAs preference over SBAs.
May 03, 2022
Niken Bayu Argaheni Poster Presentation
One of the efforts to reduce maternal and infant mortality is through antenatal care (ANC). Standardized antenatal care is expected to be able to monitor the condition of the mother's pregnancy from the beginning of pregnancy to the time of delivery, as well as to detect early risk factors that may occur during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium. So that anticipatory steps can be determined according to the mother's condition. One of the psychological health factors of pregnant women is anxiety. Anxiety often occurs in third trimester pregnant women. Because the third trimester is a waiting period with full vigilance waiting and waiting for the delivery period and can increase anxiety in pregnant women. To improve the health of pregnant women, efforts to overcome anxiety need to be carried out as early as possible. The purpose of this activity is to apply theory and research results on diaphragmatic breathing techniques
May 03, 2022
Caroline Earley Poster Presentation
The Irish National Maternity Strategy (2016) endorses woman centred care and recommends women be offered choice of three care pathways based on preference, clinical need, and best evidence. Care is provided by midwives within The Supported Care Pathway, upholding seamless routes of referral and reciprocal transfer as appropriate to assisted and specialised care pathways (DOH, 2016). At the Regional hospital Mullingar the candidate AMP for Supported Care is developing a pathway providing care to pregnant women within specified criteria in the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period encompassing four key service development priorities. These priorities aim to promote woman centred care empowering women to make evidence based decisions relative to their birth choices. The poster reflects the journey and some of the data and outcomes thus far.
May 03, 2022
Roisin Lennon Poster Presenter
To Weigh or Not to Weigh in Pregnancy All women attending this service have their BMI calculated at booking. Healthy eating and a recommended weight gain of 15kg to reduce the risk of CS, hypertension and birth weight over 4kg are discussed. In May 2021 43 babies had birth weights over 4kg. This prompted the introduction of routine weighing for all service users and weight gain recommendations based on the Institute of Medicines (IOM) guidelines. A retrospective study of weight gain and outcomes for 53 pre and 46 post routine weighing service users was undertaken in January 2022. There was an overall 2% reduction in CS births, 22% reduction in babies weighing over 4kg. 40% of women gained in excess of recommendations with a 22% CS rate and 22% babies over 4kg. This simple intervention of routine weighing and healthy eating should be used as a long term investment in the health and wellbeing of all service users.
April 26, 2022
Taumanova Alvarez
Mujeres y parteras: Fortalecimiento en red 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. Women and midwives: Strengthening Through Network 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.
April 17, 2022
Hannah Borboleta
Hannah Borboleta is an autonomous feminist midwife from Mexico City and currently head of the midwifery team at Morada Violeta, a feminist midwifery center. She has mentored midwives and has spoken and written about the importance of an autonomous midwifery model of care that places women at the center of decision making. She's a women rights activist and passionate about midwifery and abortion care. Program Calendar 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. The conference was first held in 2009 and was organized by a team of two then working at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand. By 2020, the organizing committee comprised midwives, midwifery academics, and online education professionals from seven countries across four continents.
April 16, 2022
Celine Lemay
Céline Lemay, midwife for more than 30 yrs in Québec (Canada). She was actively engaged for the legalization of midwifery practice (1999). She has a Master in Anthropology and a PhD in Applied Human Sciences (Université de Montréal). Past president of the midwives’s association and past board member of the College of midwives of Québec. Senior lecturer in Bac en pratique sage-femme at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.  Author of « La mise au monde_revisiter les savoirs ». Interested in the place of wisdom in midwifery practice. Has 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Céline Lemay est sage-femme de plus de 30 ans d’expérience au Québec (Canada) et a été impliquée activement pour la légalisation de la pratique sage-femme (1999). Elle a une maîtrise en Anthropologie et un doctorat (PhD) en Sciences Humaines Appliquées (Université de Montréal). Elle a été la présidente du Regroupement Les sages-femmes du Québec et membre du Bureau de l’Ordre des sages-femmes du Québec. Elle est chargée de cours au Bac en pratique sage-femme à l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Elle est l’auteur du livre « La mise au monde_revisiter les savoirs ». Elle est intéressée par la place de la sagesse dans la pratique sage-femme. Elle a trois enfants et quatre petits-enfants. VIDM page:
March 27, 2022
Pragati Sharma
I am a nurse-midwife public health consultant working for the improvement of maternal health. Currently I am working with WHO headquarters to support the Office of Chief Nurse to build and sustain the virtual ‘Nursing and Midwifery Global Community of Practice’ focusing mostly on the midwifery aspect. My most recent role has been with World Health Organization, India as a Assistant Program Director for Midwifery Leadership Programme where I supported a 12 week training on midwifery leadership for state leaders. I have also supported the National Midwifery Initiative and other in-country projects around midwifery education and services. I am passionate about quality, equitable, and respectful care for maternal and reproductive health, particularly midwifery. I have a wide range of experience in public health in the SRMNCAH area in India and abroad. I am an advocate for midwifery services for normal labor and birth. Last few years of my work has been around midwifery education, services and leadership. I am a graduate in public policy from the University of Oxford, UK and graduate in public health from Manipal Academy of higher sciences, Karnataka. My experience includes working in policy and planning, program implementation & evaluation, research, and capacity building. In addition to WHO India, my professional association has been with UNICEF, Jhpiego-India, WHO headquarters etc. My journey in public health started in year 2007 when I was a student nurse in my final year posting for community health nursing- that stretch of posting affected me deeply and guided me to choose a career in public health. My master’s degree in public health gave me a fresh perspective of public health and inspired me to work in the most underdeveloped states of India. I have worked in Jharkhand state in various projects to understand and build capacity of nurses in work-settings and empower them as maternal health advocates. I have also successfully contributed to the policy decision of the workforce recruitment and deployment in Sikkim by providing suggestion to the incumbent political party. With this experience, in 2016-2017, I went to University of Oxford on full scholarship to study public policy and that honed my understating of policy and politics of health. It gave me a wide-eyed view of the health inequalities of the world and gave me a platform to interact and understand country specific health issues from colleagues from 56 different countries. Since then, I have worked with WHO headquarters and WHO India in various policy projects around nursing and midwifery. VIDM page:
March 14, 2022
Hermine Hayes-Klein Human Rights in Childbirth
Hermine Hayes-Klein (Opening Keynote) Hermine Hayes-Klein, JD is an international birth rights lawyer with extensive experience advocating for the human rights of birthing people, around the U.S. and internationally. From 2007-2012, Hermine taught international law at The Hague University in The Netherlands, where she was also the Director of the Bynkershoek Institute Research Center for Reproductive Rights. From 2012-2017, Hermine organized 6 international conferences on the topic of Human Rights in Childbirth. Since 2017, Hermine has focused on direct legal advocacy to advance reproductive justice in maternal healthcare. She has represented midwives in administrative, civil, and criminal legal proceedings, and advocated for their right to work with autonomy and security in many states and nations.  She also advocates for birthing people who have experienced informed consent violations, racism, and obstetric violence during childbirth. VIDM page:
March 14, 2022