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Midwifery Moving Forward Conference

On February 4 2017, the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (SoNMP) hosted the tri-university (Curtin, Edith Cowan and Notre Dame) annual Midwifery Moving Forward conference. The conference was organised and run by the SoNMP midwifery team.


The midwifery team L-R: seated – Pauline Costins, Professor Yvonne Hauck, Zoe Bradfield, standing – Virginia Burns, Anna Bosco, Belinda Barnes, Lesley Kuliukas.
The midwifery team L-R: seated – Pauline Costins, Professor Yvonne Hauck, Zoe Bradfield, standing – Virginia Burns, Anna Bosco, Belinda Barnes, Lesley Kuliukas.

Ongoing professional development is key to midwives being able to partner with, support and empower women and their families and act as agents for change. The annual Midwifery Moving Forward Conference showcases WA midwives and maternity care providers, highlighting successful evidence-based practice innovation, midwifery research projects and providing insight into possible midwifery career pathways.

The Curtin midwifery team put together a robust program around the theme ‘Women and Midwives: side by side’ which attracted more than 150 midwives and students. The keynote address was conducted by Professor Yvonne Hauck, Curtin’s Professor of Midwifery, who presented the findings from her international study ‘Australian, Irish and Swedish women’s perceptions of breastfeeding: an international midwifery collaboration’.

The address had a twofold message to attendees. It provide them with recent evidence in relation to women’s needs and views during breastfeeding, and it also encouraged midwives to collaborate with their counterparts across the world and undertake research to support the profession.

SoNMP academics, Mrs Lesley Kuliukas, Mrs Helen Godwin and Mrs Zoe Bradfield, also showcased their PhD research projects. Other presentations revolved around fear of childbirth, supporting women to achieve normal birth after a caesarean section, hypnobirthing, midwifery models of care and career paths for midwives.

Evaluations of the day demonstrated great appreciation of the variety of speakers.

Contributed by the midwifery team.