Saturday, June 28, 2008

Carolyn's ICM presentation

A very quick post from me. Doug and I are having a great time being together with my family in the UK. We have had a family Christening in Ireland and a family wedding celebration in Buckinghamshire. We had a lovely cruise up the Thames for this party. Have had very little time to blog about anything to this point. Leaving for a few days in Thailand soon before heading back to NZ. We also had a day in Paris after a big walk around old haunts in London - poor old feet - ouch!
I have just put my ICM presentation on slide-share and I am posting here. I will try to add the audio track I recorded during the presentation later, when I get my head around this technology.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

A taste of ICM

If you would like a wee taste of ICM and you were not able to attend here is a link to a webcast that has been posted by ICM. Several symposia were videoed so perhaps in time there will be more of these webcasts available. This one is the first Place of Birth symposium chaired by Sue Bree, from New Zealand. speakers are Edwin Van Tijlingen from Scotland, Marijke Hendrix from the Netherlands and Oda von Rahden and Petra Kolip from Germany.

Glasgow ICM conference

I am at conference in Glasgow at the moment. There have been some great moments and it has been fantastic to be with so many midwives and hear midwives speaking about their research work which I have previously read. What a buzz that is. I was particularly pleased to be present at the presentation given by Jaki Lambert (Scotland), Gisela Becker (Canada) and Sally-anne Brown (Australia).

Jaki spoke about supporting and strengthening midwifery in rural and remote parts of Scotland. She described and initiative which has seen continuing professional development for and by rural and remote rural midwives to meet the needs they have identified. This has created improved confidence and self esteem with these midwives and has seen an increase in women being able to birth locally, with skilled and competent local carers. I am very interested in this initiative as my research also identified that rural midwives in New Zealand wanted more locally delivered and context specific professional development activities. The similarity in circumstances for rural and remote rural midwives is amazing the sense of identity and difference acknowledged by rural and remote rural midwives seems to be felt across international boundaries. I believe that this is bond that we could build on to support each other in our practice.

Gisella described the development of a local birthing service for women in a remote rural community in the northern territory of Canada. Once again the issues for women and midwives share many similarities with remote rural communties in other countries.

Sally Anne spoke of a rural community in Australia reclaiming local birthing and re-establishing a local birthing service after it had been lost. This too was a thought provoking and inspiring presentation.

Yesterday I gave my presentation and this was well received. I recorded this and hope to save it online and link it here. I was thrilled to meet Pauline Costins [see the photo and top of this page] and have a chat face to face.

I will try to write more soon.

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