From Birth to Health
Towards Sustainable Childbirth
Sept 17-18, 2018 : COST Action BIRTH Conference : Lisbon
Call for abstracts
We welcome abstract submissions related to pregnancy, labour, birth, and postpartum based on six domains detailed below.
Submissions explicitly linked to at least one domain or providing specific links between them, are invited for Oral and Poster presentations.
Examples of possible topics are included for each domain although these are not exhaustive.
Epigenetics and the hygiene hypothesis in relation to intrapartum events, and associations with longer term non-communicable diseases (e.g. social support, mode of birth, spontaneous unmedicated labour, onset and progress, labour induction, pharmacological pain relief, routine use of antibiotics, skin to skin processes, breast feeding and formula feeding)
Organizational characteristics, contexts, cultures and economic costs of variation in rates of interventions in childbirth in different socio-political contexts (e.g. birth outcomes, interventions in labour, perineal trauma and care, obstetric violence, women’s experiences of intervention, human rights, intervention variation, economic analysis, birth space and architecture, health technologies)
The mechanics and bioengineering of pregnancy and labour, including the nature and consequences of, and synergies between, maternal and fetal movement (e.g. assessing and monitoring fetal movements, fetal wellbeing, maternal physiology and birth, pelvic floor dysfunction)
Observational studies of neuro-psycho-social characteristics and effects of labour events, with a particular emphasis on the effect of personal interactions and behaviours within and between maternity care staff and labouring women and their families on neurohormones specific to labour processes (e.g. physiological birth and oxytocin, prenatal psychology, women's experiences, attachment, transition to parenthood, social support, maternal mental health, communication in maternity care)
Socio-cultural phenomenon that contextualize labour and birth, including the effects of dissonance between dominant cultural social expectations and those of marginalized groups, such as migrant women (e.g social expectations and experiences, marginalised and migrant populations, migrant women’s experiences, satisfaction with birth, maternity services, ethics, birth, pregnancy, motherhood, midwifery care)
To synthesise and disseminate evidence to scientific, clinical, managerial, opinion leader, policy maker and service user stakeholders, in relation to physiological labour and birth (e.g. dissemination models; implementation of science studies; use of systematic reviews, use of new e-and m-technologies, service user involvement in research)
30 March 2018
Call for abstracts opens
15 May 2018
Call for abstracts closes
12 June 2018
Notification of acceptance
30 June 2018
Deadline for registration of presenting authors with accepted abstracts
All submissions should be no longer than 250 words.
Each abstract should include the rationale, method, results/conclusions, and implications of findings.
Any individual may be the presenting author of a maximum of 2 abstracts.
All abstracts must be written in English.
A maximum of 3 keywords should be included.
Abstracts must only be submitted via the on line submission system. Abstracts submitted by fax or e-mail will not be accepted.
Abstracts submitted for presentation will undergo a thorough selection process carried out by members of the Scientific Committee.
Abstracts not selected for oral presentation will automatically be considered for poster presentation.
Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by the first days of June 2018.
All accepted abstracts will be published as an online abstract book. It is assumed authors whose abstracts are accepted will give consent and authorise the Scientific Committee to publish their abstract.
Please note that presenting authors of all accepted abstracts must register and pay the conference registration fee by the deadline for early bird online registration. The abstracts of authors who fail to do so will be removed from the programme and will not be published in the final abstract book.
The Scientific Committee will retain the right to allocate your presentation to a slot in the programme.
Oral presentations selected for plenary sessions will have 12 minutes to present, plus 15 minutes for a shared discussion.
Poster size - A1 to A0 format maximum, portrait layout.