Scientific Program



4th November: Workshops


 

Venue: BLANQUERNA - UNIVERSITAT RAMON LLULL. Facultad de Ciencias de La Salud

 

10:00-13:00

Workshops 1: How to set up a Midwifery Unit
Laura Batinelli (MUNet Director and researcher City, University of London, UK)

Dr Tracey Cooper (MBE, Head of Midwifery, NHS, UK)

13:30-16:30

Workshops 2: How to work in a Midwifery Unit.
Ellen Thaels (MUNet Director and researcher City, University of London, UK)

Chantelle Winstanley (Lead for Midwifery Unit Academy, MUNet, UK)

Dr Tracey Cooper (MBE, Head of Midwifery, NHS, UK)

 

 

 

5th November: Congress


 

Venue: AUDITORIO AXA (BARCELONA)

 

Chair Conference: Dr Sheena Byrom (Midwife, UK)

 

08:30-09:30 Registrations
09:30-09:50

Opening
Dr Lucia Rocca-Ihenacho (Midwifery Unit Network co-founder and Chief Executive)
María Jesús Domínguez (President of Federación de Asociaciones de Matronas de
España, FAME)
Mervi Jokinen (President of The European Midwives Association, EMA)

Dra. Sheena Byrom (Midwife, UK)

 

09:50-10:50

Opening conference

Chair: Gemma Falguera (Midwife, President of Asociació Catalana de Llevadores)

 

An obstetrician’s view of the benefits of Midwifery Units
Dr Rineke Schram (Consultant Obstetrician, UK)

 

Point of view of an user of Midwifery Units

Anna Horn, MSc (Service user)


Challenges and successes in establishing Midwifery Units as mainstream
services
Dr Kathryn Gutteridge (President of the Royal College of Midwives, UK)


Midwifery Unit Standards: a tool for implementing and improving midwifery units
in Europe
Dr Lucia Rocca-Ihenacho (Midwifery Unit Network co-founder and Chief Executive,
UK)

 

Launch of the Midwifery Unit Academy
Chantelle Winstanley (Midwifery Unit Academy Lead, Midwifery Unit Network)

10:50-11:20

Coffee break

 

11:20-12:30

Table 1- Barriers and facilitators to implementing Midwifery Units in Europe
Chair: Dr Tracey Cooper, MBE, Head of Midwifery, NHS, Reino Unido


Midwife-Led Unit in an Obstetric Setting in Bulgaria: thriving Against the Odds.  
Yoana Stancheva (Midwife, Bulgaria)

Ilona Neshkova (Midwife, Bulgaria)


Lessons learned from the first Italian midwifery units
Laura Lannuzzi (Midwife, Italy)


The implementation of a midwifery unit in Belgium as part of the National Health Service
Laure Depuydt (Midwife, Birth Cemtre Cocoon, Belgium)

 

The long road to open the first midwifery unit in Czech Republic
Nathalie Sedlicka (Co-founder, Member of the Board, Coordinator of Association for
Birth Houses & Centers, Czech Republic)
Martin Nemrava (Chairman of the Board Association for Birth Houses & Centers,
Czech Republic) 

 

12:30-13:40

Table 2- How to make existing Midwifery Units work effectively
Chair: Dr Ramón Escuriet. Midwife, Spain


Case study from Wales
Dr Marie Lewis (Assistant Director of Nursing and Midwifery Research at Walsall NHS
Trust, UK)


Case study from Holland
Dr Marieke Klapwijk-Hermus


Case study from Ireland
Dr Maria Healy (Lecturer at School of Nursing and Midwifery Queen’s University
Belfast, UK)

Dr Patricia Gillen (Head of Research and Development for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs,

Ilster University, Northern Ireland)


Case study from England
Dr Tracey Cooper (MBE, Head of Midwifery, NHS, UK)

 

13:40-15:00

Lunch

 

15:00-16:20

Table 3- Towards the implementation of units led by midwives in Spain
(Spanish language)
Chair: Dr Francisca Postigo. Midwife, Spain


Supervising the implementation of a Midwifery Unit in Spain. The experience.
Dr Ramón Escuriet (Lecturer and Midwife from Sexual and Reproductive Health care
at Catalan Health Service. Government of Catalonia, Spain)


Case study from Centro de nacimiento del Hospital de Can Ruti, Barcelona, Spain
Lucia Alcaraz (Midwifery Unit Coordinator Baetulo, DAP Metropolitana Nord-Hospital Universitary Germans Trias i Pujol)


Case study from Centro de nacimiento del Hospital de Martorell, Barcelona, Spain.
Roser Palau (Midwifery Unit Coordinator)


Case study from Casa de Partos del Hospital General Universitario de Talavera de
la Reina, Spain.
Irene Reyes García

 

How the architectural design of a MU can help practice and experiences
Angela Muller (Architectura de Maternidades)

 

16:20-17:00

Table 4- How are we going to move things forward?
Chair: Sandra Morano (MD, Obstetrics and Gynaecology researcher, DINOGMI Department, University of Genoa, Italy)


Service user: Anna Horn MSc (Service user)

Franka Cadée (President of the International Confederation of Midwives)
Prof. Khalid Khan (Professor of Women’s Health and Clinical Epidemiology, Queen
Mary University of London, UK)
Prof. Chris McCourt (Professor of Maternal and Child Health, City, University of London,
UK)

Prof. Gerard Visser (Advisory Committee for Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health,
FIGO)
Dr Lucia Rocca-Ihenacho (Midwifery Unit Network co-founder and Chief Executive)

Mervi Jokinem (President of The European Midwives Association, EMA)

 

17:00-17:30

An answer from Spain
Speakers to be confirmed

 

17:30-18:00

Closing remarks
Dr. Lucia Rocca-Ihenacho (Midwifery Unit Network co-founder and Chief Executive,
UK)
María Jesús Domínguez (President of Federación de Asociaciones de Matronas de
España. FAME)

 

 

 

 

 

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