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MONDAY, SEPT 17th 2018

8:00am / Registration, Coffee & Networking

9:00am / Welcome: an overview of COST Action IS1405 BIRTH​

  • Soo Downe - Chair of COST Action BIRTH

  • Luule Mizera - Science Officer of COST Action BIRTH

9:15am / Plenary 1

Physiology. Compassion. Change. 4 years of COST Action BIRTH

  • Biomedicine, epigenetics and the hygiene hypothesis in childbirth // Mechthild Gross 

  • The mechanics and bioengineering of pregnancy and labour, through an interactive model of knowledge-based approach and innovation // Anastasia Topalidou

  • Socio-cultural and ethical aspects of maternity care: research possibilities and challenges // Lucy Frith

  • Exploring organizational characteristics, contexts, cultures and economic costs - the need to be organised! // Deirdre Daly

  • The psychological experience of physiological childbirth 
    Ibone Olza

  • After research, what? From academia to the community  
    Olga Gouni 

  • Change through science and intuition: Think Tanks and Training Schools in COST Action BIRTH
    Claudia Meier-Magistretti

11:15am / Break & Poster session

11:45am / Parallel sessions A

13:00pm / Break for lunch

2:30pm / Plenary 2

Making change happen in maternity care

  • Bringing Midwifery Led Units in the public health system  // Ramón Escuriet

  • From evidence to implementation - a seven-year voyage with the Cochrane Review on home birth // Ole Olsen

  • Health economics in maternity care – putting evidence into practice // Patrick Moran

3:35pm / Special session - Women's participation in policy-making

  • David Elvira - Director of the Catalan Health Services & Secretary General for Citizenship and Participation

4:00pm / Break & Poster session

4:30pm / Plenary 3

Towards a sustainable approach to childbirth worldwide

  • What women say is excellent: insights from the Babies Born Better Survey // Marie – Clare Balaam

  • Too little too late, too much too soon: What are the issues in putting guidelines into implementation // Claudia Hanson

5:30pm / Parallell sessions B

7:00pm / End of day 1

TUESDAY, SEPT 18th 2018

8:00am / Coffee & Networking

9:00am / Welcome back!

  • Members of the Organising Committees

9:15am / Plenary 4

Unveiling the complex physiology of normal labour and birth

  • Enabling positive childbirth: woman-staff relationships and maternal physiology in labour and birth // Soo Downe

  • The oxytocin effect // Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg

10:15am / Break and Poster session

10:45am / Special Poster Session

11:15am / Parallel session C 

12:30pm / Break for lunch

2:00pm / Musical performance by the ISCTE-IUL Choir

2:30pm / Flash session - Asking different questions: innovation in childbirth research and practice

2:50pm / Plenary 5

The future of right maternity care: a view from stakeholders

  • Sara do Vale - European Network of Childbirth Associations & Assoc. for the Rights of Women in Pregnancy and Childbirth

  • Rita Borg-Xuereb - International Confederation of Midwives

  • Diogo Ayres-de-Campos - FIGO Committee for Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health & European Assoc. of Perinatal Medicine

4:00pm / Closing Ceremony and Prizes

4:15pm / End of day 2

[Final programme. It may, however, be changed due to unforeseen circumstances]