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Time: 07:00am - 08:30am
Room: 707
Company: UNFPA Staff Only Breakfast Meeting

Description: UNFPA internal Breakfast Event to Discuss New Global Midwifery Strategy and its Implementation. (Staff only)

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room: 707
Company: Johnson & Johnson

Title: It's Possible: Workshopping New Ideas for Midwifery's Enduring Challenges

Facilitated by the Johnson & Johnson GenH Challenge Team

New solutions for the toughest challenges facing mothers and midwives can come from anywhere in the world. And every day, midwives are practicing innovation by adapting, adjusting, and implementing based on the context of the care you give.

Join Johnson & Johnson for a 90-minute workshop-style symposium to learn about their new initiative, the GenH Challenge (www.GenHChallenge.com), designed to connect midwives like you -- and your ideas for improving midwifery on the front lines -- to the resources needed to bring those ideas to life. Whether you know it or not, you already ARE an innovator -- and this workshop will walk you through ways to bring your everyday innovations to life, while furthering tangible skills in applying "design thinking" to your important work for mothers, babies, and families worldwide.

Capacity is limited and lunch will be provided. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/ICMGenH

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room: 714AB
Company: Royal Philips

Title: Transforming midwifery practice through connected care

The healthcare landscape is evolving. Digital technologies and wireless capabilities are transforming healthcare aiming to improve outcomes as well as improve care quality, and operational performance across healthcare systems. Join a panel of maternity care experts to discuss the impact and role these developments can have in modern midwifery practice.


Time: 5:45pm-7:15pm
Room: 716AB
Company: Centre for Maternal & Newborn Health

Title: MIDWIVES: Make it Happen!

Dr Hauwa Mohammed; CMNH Nigeria
Dr Florence Mgawadere; CMNH UK
Olivia Hill; CMNH UK
Toyin Saraki; Well-Being Foundation

Co-chair: Joy Marini Johnson & Johnson
Co-chair: Toyin Saraki Well-Being Foundation

Description: The Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) is supporting midwives in low and middle income countries, through innovative interventions, to improve leadership and professionalism for quality, maternal and newborn care.

The session will cover the successes and lessons learned from delivering Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care and Quality Improvement training in Nigeria, featuring a Nigerian midwife with experience of the CMNH training packages. It will also cover the standards and training package for ante-natal/post-natal care including rationale, approach, and design.


Time: 07:00am-08:30am
Room: 713AB
Company: UNFPA: Safe Birth Even Here Campaign

Title: Role of Midwives in Saving Women’s Lives in Humanitarian Emergencies

Description: In crisis situations, one in five women of childbearing age is likely to be pregnant. However, during a disaster or any humanitarian setting, the availability of midwifery services to address critical and urgent needs of pregnant women and their newborn babies is drastically reduced.

This event, moderated by Johnson & Johnson, will focus on identifying and highlighting innovative solutions that are being deployed within humanitarian emergencies to address the critical maternal health needs of pregnant women and girls.


Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm (Check In at 12:45pm)
Room: 701AB
Company: Johnson & Johnson

Title: Early Experiences Matter! How Touch, Engagement, and Everyday Routines Can Make a Difference in Healthy Brain & Child Development

Boxed lunches will be available to first 400 attendees


• Review data that demonstrate the essential importance of early experiences for baby brain development
• Discuss how multisensory engagement may promote social, emotional, cognitive and physical development in infants
• Explore the role midwives may plan in educating parents on touch, engagement and everyday care routines to support healthy baby development

Soo Downe, PhD, MSc, RM, BSc – Brain Development: Early Experiences Matter!
Professor in Midwifery Studies
School of Community Health and Midwifery, University of Central Lancashire

Tiffany Field, PhD – Touch and Multisensory Engagement- Evidence Supporting Social, Emotional, Cognitive, and Physical Development in Infants
Director, Touch Research Institute
Professor, University of Miami/Miller School of Medicine

Jodi A. Mindell, PhD – Sleep: The Critical Role of Bedtime Routines
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Room: 713AB
Company: UNFPA: Young Midwife Leaders

Title: Take the Reins in Driving the Midwifery Agenda!

Description: Come hear the voices of Young Midwife Leaders as they share their experiences and challenges in promoting access to quality midwifery services in their countries. Experience their passion as they talk about how they are acting as role models for their peers by engaging in policy dialogue to bring about a conducive enabling environment for midwives to practice their profession.


Time: 5:45pm-7:00pm
Room: 713AB
Company: Ariadne Labs

Title: Implementing the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist: The Global Experience

Speakers: Emily George, RN, BSN, MPH, Clinical Implementation Specialist

: Join the Ariadne Labs team for an interactive overview of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist. Participants will have the opportunity to share their perspectives on this tool and reflect on implementation strategies across a range of global contexts during this hands-on, workshop-style session.


Time: 11:00am-12:15pm
Room: 716AB
Company: FIGO

Title: Obstetricians/gynecologists and midwives working together
Working to address diverse issues in women’s health: examples from FIGO’s current work and strategies for a joined up approach between healthcare providers

Session Facilitator: Johan Vos, FIGO

Presentations in English followed by discussion.

Session Content and Panelists: Providing examples from FIGO’s work on gestational diabetes, nutrition, violence against women, unsafe abortion, and contraception, our presenters will describe the work, the specific relevance to midwives, and offer suggestions on how obstetricians/gynecologists and midwives can work closer together to make greater progress towards our shared goal of improving women’s health.

• Introduction – Johan Vos, FIGO - London, UK
• A joint responsibility in the fight against the growing tide of gestational diabetes: The FIGO Working Group on Hyperglycemia in pregnancy - Dr Hema Divakar, Divakars Speciality Hospital - Bengaluru, India
• ‘Think Nutrition First’ - the path forward for an integrated approach to addressing malnutrition in women: The FIGO Working Group on Adolescent, Preconception and Maternal Nutrition - Dr Dalton Avila Gamboa, Universidad de Guayaquil - Guayaquil, Ecuador
• Preventing violence against women: FIGO Working Group’s action plan on gender violence - Petra ten Hoope-Bender, UNFPA – Geneva, Switzerland
• The relevance of midwives role in the prevention of unsafe abortion - Prof Anibal Faundes, University of Campinas - São Paulo, Brazil
• Counselling and insertion of the postpartum intrauterine device (PPIUD) – the midwifery experience in Tanzania and Kenya - Martina Mathayo Gitte Tanzania National Nurses Association (TANNA) - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Winnie Naisianoi Shena National Nurses Association of Kenya - Nairobi, Kenya


Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm
Room: Plenary
Company: IPAS

Title: Emerging Evidence for Improving Midwifery Care through the Life Course: quality and access of contraception and abortion interventions to save women’s lives

1. Ensuring human rights in the provision of contraceptive information and services: guidance and recommendations – Speaker: Dr. Maria Rodriguez
2. Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception – Speaker: Monica Oguttu
3. Selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use and medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use – Speaker: Mary Lyn Gaffield

Moderator: Anneka Knutsson, Chief of Branch, SRH, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), New York

Description: This panel will review key recommendations on three key topics from recent WHO guidance related to pre-pregnancy:
• Ensuring human rights in contraceptive care
• Expanding health worker roles in abortion and post-abortion contraception
• Eligibility criteria and practice recommendations for contraceptive care

Presenters will cover practical information to improve pre-pregnancy care and help midwives provide the full range of essential competencies in midwifery practice.


Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm
Room: Plenary
Company: WHO

Title: Investing in Midwifery Leadership

• Jim Campbell, Director Health Workforce Department, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
• Dr Anthony Costello, Director, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Department, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
• First Lady of Namibia, Monica Geingos

Description: Midwifery leadership can support the implementation of global strategies such as, the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030, the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016–2030 and the Global; Strategic Directions on strengthening nursing and midwifery 2016-2020 the recommendations of the High-level Commission on Health employment and Economic Growth. The panel will highlight the critical role of midwifery leadership in the implementation of the above strategies.


Time: 11:00am-12:15pm
Room: Plenary
Company: WateAid

Title: Clean Water: The missing ingredient. Local, national and global perspectives on making water, sanitation and hygiene available at birth

• Professor Wendy Graham, Chief Scientific Adviser, The Soapbox Collaborative, Professor of Obstetric Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics & Epidemiology, University of Aberdeen
• Dr Ibrahim Kabole, Country Representative, WaterAid Tanzania
• Further speakers to be announced including midwives and global health policy-makers

Description: How can Midwives be expected to deliver quality care without clean water?
As a Midwife, you are devoted to the health of mothers and babies. Yet millions of Midwives lack the basics - clean water, toilets and enough soap. Join us as we show what they face every day, discuss the solutions, and the important role you can play in changing this.


Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm
Room: Plenary
Company: FIGO

Title: Innovations in Postpartum Hemorrhage Management: New technologies and models for facilitating timely management of PPH at all levels of care 

Presentations in English and Spanish (with simultaneous interpretation) followed by discussion.

Description: This session showcases new technologies and innovative models of PPH care with relevance to all settings, but particularly lower levels of the healthcare systems where treatment options are few. Findings from recent community-based studies evaluating models of PPH management with misoprostol in Afghanistan, Egypt, India, and Pakistan will be discussed, along with new research on condom uterine-balloon tamponade. The utility of current PPH definitions and the potential for alternatives to blood loss in diagnosis, such as shock index, will also be discussed.

• New models of PPH management using misoprostol at the community level - Nusrat Jehan, Aga Khan Health Services – Chitral, Pakistan
• Is an ounce of PPH prevention worth a pound of treatment? Implications of research from India and Egypt comparing primary prevention to secondary prevention/early treatment of PPH - Rasha Dabash, Gynuity Health Projects - New York, USA
• The role of condom uterine-balloon tamponade in PPH management: a community stepped-wedged trial in secondary level referral facilities in Egypt, Senegal and Uganda - Holly Anger Gynuity Health Projects - New York, USA
• Time to rethink how we diagnose and treat PPH? The role of shock index in PPH diagnosis - Dr Daniel Aguirre, J. R. Vidal Hospital – Corrientes, Argentina (presentation in Spanish) [¿Tiempo para reconsiderar cómo se identifica y maneja hemorragia postparto (HPP)? El rol del índice de shock en el diagnóstico de HPP].


Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Room: Plenary
Company: Direct Relief

Title: Midwives as First Responders: Maternal and Neonatal Healthcare during Disasters

Moderator: Andrew Schroeder, PhD, MPP: Director of Research & Analysis at Direct Relief; USA

• Vardine Jean-Baptiste: Association d’infirmières sages-femmes d’Haïti. Midwife at UNFPA-HAITI.
• Patience Cooper Tokpah: Liberia Midwives Association; CM, RN, Bsn, FWACN, MPH candidate. Reproductive Health Supervisor, Montserrado County Health Team, Ministry of Health.
• Laxmi Tamang: Midwifery Society of Nepal. RN, MPH, PhD (Sexual and Reproductive Health and Gender-Power relations). Visiting Faculty, National Academy of Medical Science, Bir Hospital Nursing Campus. Manager and a Lead Co-Founding member of APS Birth Centre and Midwifery Society of Nepal. Executive member of Perinatal Society of Nepal
• Jacqui Anderson: Midwife advisor at the New Zealand College of Midwives.
• Corazon L. Paras: Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines, Inc. (IMAP) RM, BCHS. Deputy Program Manager IMAP-CMSU Follow-on Project IMAP, Inc.

Description: Pregnant women and newborns are among the most vulnerable people during the onset of disaster events. When healthcare systems are disrupted due to flooding, fires, seismic shocks or epidemiological crisis, people who may already be challenged under normal circumstances with access to safe delivery and other essential healthcare often find themselves at risk of being entirely cut off from services. Within this context of crisis and disruption, midwives fill essential gaps in providing emergency access to maternal and neonatal healthcare. Although they are not usually named officially as such, midwives may practically be thought of as first responders within a range of disaster relief efforts. Not only are midwives positioned as skilled professionals to respond to the specific needs of pregnant women and newborns, often they are also deeply embedded in community healthcare structures which form the backbone of local disaster resiliency efforts.

This panel looks at five different experiences of midwives within different geographies and disaster events (Haiti, Liberia, Nepal, New Zealand and Philippines) in order to engage a broad discussion about the needs and the potential for understanding midwives as first responders on the front lines of global crisis.


Time: 11:00am-12:15pm
Room: Plenary
Company: FIGO

Title: Global Models of Abortion and Postabortion Care: Global models, new evidence and recommendations supporting the critical role of midwives and other health providers in improving access to abortion care

Session Facilitator: Anna Maria Speciale, Pathfinder

Presentations in English, French and Spanish (with simultaneous interpretation) followed by discussion.

Description: This session highlights regional models and lessons learned from around the world demonstrating the key role of midwives and other health providers in expanding access to safe abortion, including menstrual regulation and postabortion care. These regional innovations provide important examples of how programs can move towards implementing new WHO guidelines that recommend expanded health worker roles for safe abortion care.

• Midwives and nurse midwives as providers of abortion and postabortion care at the primary care level: lessons learned from Egypt and Tunisia - Rasha Dabash Gynuity Health Projects - New York, USA
• Senegal’s national program to expand postabortion care to the primary care level - Maimouna Sow, ChildFund – Dakar, Senegal (presentation in French) [Le programme national sur l’extension des soins après-avortement au niveau communautaire au Sénégal]
• The role of Lady Health Visitors in expanding access to menstrual regulation and postabortion care: evidence from Pakistan - Dina Abbas Gynuity Health Projects - New York, USA
• Involving midwives when abortion is in transition: evidence from Mexico - Maricruz Coronado, Asociación Mexicana de Partería - Mexico City, Mexico (presentation in Spanish) [Integrando a las parteras cuando el aborto está en transición: el caso de México].


Time: 11:00am-12:15pm
Room: 701AB
Company: Laerdal Global Health

Title: Bringing Helping Mothers Survive Bleeding After Birth (HMS-BAB) and Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) to Scale

Description: HMS-BAB and HBB are proven-to-work methods that increase MNH-care providers’ ability to prevent and manage postpartum haemorrhage and neonatal asphyxia. ICM and partners will share lessons learned, opportunities and challenges in scaling up these programs. This is an exciting opportunity to get to know the methods, why it works, how to implement it, and get a feel for the training materials used.


Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm
Room: Plenary

Title: Are midwives the specialists in vaginal breech birth?

Facilitator: Prof Sheila Clowe
Speakers: Nester Moyo

Description: Are midwives the specialists in vaginal breech birth?


Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm
Room: 830A
Company: ICM & Laerdal Global Health

Title: Closed Workshop Implementation of 10,000 Happy Birthdays

Description: This workshop gives midwives associations and governments a change to learn from the successes and lessons learned of the 10,000 Happy Birthdays project aiming to train midwives in management and prevention complications of pregnancy or birth such as post-partum hemorrhage, (pre) eclampsia, prematurity or neonatal asphyxia.

This workshop also provides the opportunity for ICM Member Associations to learn about the opportunity to participate in future similar projects. Interested Member Associations are invited to contact Patricia Titulaer at ICM (p.titulaer@internationalmidwives.org) for more information.


Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm
Room: Plenary
Company: Save The Children

Title: Midwives: Championing quality, equity & dignity in all settings

Description: Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals laid out in the Global Strategy requires more – and more effective – midwives. How can we improve policies, working conditions, training and recognition for the vital services midwives provide? How will midwives meet the unique reproductive healthcare needs of displaced, marginalized, poor, and hard-to-reach populations?

Lend your voice and votes to this talk-show style interactive session. Panelists include national and global experts who will outline progress made and actions needed to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies.


Time: 5:45pm-7:15pm
Room: 716AB

Celebrating Midwifery Successes

Description: The midwifery celebration event will highlight the enormous achievements that have been made over the past 6 years, including, but not limited to the State of the World’s Midwifery reports, the Lancet Series on Midwifery and the Young Midwife Leaders.

This event is open to all participants, will be interactive, festive, and provide short highlights of the achievements using a variety of media.


Time: 8:00am-9:30am
Room: Plenary Hall F & G
Company: Wellbeing Foundation & IntraHealth International

Private Sector Session on Midwifery and Frontline Health Workers

Speakers: The event will consist of a panel conversation with the following guests:

  1. Pape Gaye, CEO IntraHealth International
  2. HE Toyin Saraki, Founder & CEO, The Wellbeing Foundation
  3. Private Sector Representative - TBA
  4. Midwife Entrepreneur - TBA
  5. Canadian Government representative - TBA

The panel will be moderated by Kate Tulenko with time for Q&A and discussion afterward. A report of the session discussions will be produced and disseminated.

Description: The Wellbeing Foundation of Africa and IntraHealth International are coming together for the first time to provide an unprecedented dialogue on oft-neglected, commonly tokenistic relationship, between the private sector and frontline health workers. The workshop will expand upon ideas that have worked, learn from programs that have not worked, and come to an agreement on a set of objectives for the coming years that outline the interests of the private sector in frontline health workers and work to create innovate programs that apply these interests to meaningfully support the vital work of the frontline health workers.

The goal of the session is to promote dialogue, innovation, and continued action between health workers and the private sector. We anticipate that the session will be followed up by an event during the 4th Global Health Workforce Forum in Dublin, Ireland in November 2017. A major goal of the Global Health Forum is to promote the action plan of the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth and the Forum welcomes the exploration of health worker enterprise and the engagement of the private sector with health workers.


Note: Sessions and panels are subject to change.