Less interference, more care
The Portuguese Association for Women´s Rights in Pregnancy and Birth´s next annual conference “Nascer em Amor” (Born with Love) will take place on the 19th of May 2018, in the Lisbon School of Nursing, on the occasion of the International Week for Respecting Childbirth (IWRC) under the theme, ‘Less interference, more care‘. The focus of the conference will be on ‘Exceptional births‘: those that by nature are the exception in relation to the majority of births – twin births, birth after caesarean, breech births and births that take place beyond 42 weeks (prolonged pregnancy).
With regards to these births – which we hope can be exceptional not only because of their statistical rarity – we will bring together families and birth professionals for a day of information, debate and sharing about the options available to both women and professionals. These four situations in focus usually set the stage for high rates of intervention (induction, instrumented delivery, caesarean), that bring with it its own set of risks and consequences for both mothers and babies.
It is our wish to shed light on the range of options, in accordance with best practice and the latest evidence, and also through women´s stories, so that more women can make truly informed decisions, and caesareans and other interventions are reserved for situations where the need is real or by maternal request. We hope to make a contribution to the improvement of maternal health care in Portugal, in accordance with the United Nations CEDAW Committee and the Parliament’s recommendations to the Portuguese Government and the most recent WHO guidelines (February 2018).
To do so, we will have as our special guest, the obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr. Stuart Fischbein (USA), along with a group of other exceptional speakers.
On the 18th and 21th May, there will be a training for health carers, ‘Breech birth – from theory to practice‘, at Hospital Garcia de Orta and Centro Hospitalar da Póvoa de Varzim – Vila do Conde, respectively.
Isabel Valente Comunicação