Concurrent talks a success for midwives

The annual joint RCM/INMO midwives conference took place in Armagh this year, with a great attendance of delegates from both the north and south.

The Minister for the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland, Edwin Poots, opened the day for over 170 midwives.

The event had an excellent line up, including concurrent sessions that covered various topics, including: the management of multiple pregnancies; epilepsy; perinatal mental health; and obesity in pregnancy.

Pictured at the conference were (l-r): Deirdre Madden, liaison mental health nurse; Louise Rafferty, mental health support midwife;
and Deirdre Daly, INMO committee member

Sally Millar, chairperson of the Midwives Section, presented Louise Mulhall with a bouquet to mark her retirement and her contribution to midwifery over the years

Delegates could attend two of these valuable workshops and this format proved extremely successful. It will undoubtedly feature in future joint conference programmes.

A well-received session on ‘intermittent versus continuous electronic foetal heart rate monitoring’, was delivered by Dr Edwin Chandraharan, clinical director of women’s services at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust in London. It is hoped that he will return to the midwives’ conference in the future.

Pictured at the Midwives Section conference were (l-r): Marion Cunningham, CUH midwife; Mary Higgins, INMO committee member; and Dr Keelin O’Donoghue, consultant obstetrician CUH

The day ended with a presentation (entitled ‘Woman- centred care – The way forward’) from Mary Hind, director of nursing PHA, and Mary Brosnan, director of midwifery and nursing in the National Maternity Hospital.

Poster competition winners with their ‘Vitamin K’ poster included Joanne Halpin and her fellow TCD classmates, who are studying for a higher diploma in midwifery

This year’s poster competition was won by a group of higher diploma in midwifery students from TCD. Their poster highlighted the importance of Vitamin K for women, their partners and their babies.

The core message was that Vitamin K is best for babies, offering them protection until they can produce their own stores. The poster won almost half of all the votes cast, so a big congratulations was given to all of the girls involved.

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