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.
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.
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.
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.