Conference in Reproductive Health- 24-25 May 2012

During two days Gothenburg had the honor to arrange the national conference on reproductive health. The local committee of Swedish Midwifery Association had arranged a splendid program with all aspects on reproductive Health, but of course with focus on childbirth and the period around. We were around 400 midwives and some other participants of other professions. The conference was filled with science, art, and joy. What was you impression? Please share them here!

Picture of Marianne Weichselbraun

Marianne Weichselbraun, the new president of the local committee for Swedish Midwifery Association



picture embodied midwifery

Embodied midwifery with the emblem to the left and the old midwife to the right


  1. Helena
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 11:44:13

    Conferences usually awake the interest for different aspects of normal childbirth, our core subject as midwives. In Gothenburg this year, with the sun shining on us all day long, we listened to several interesting speakers. I was impressed to see the program and a bit excited to listen first to Soo Downe talking about normal births and then to many other researchers and clinicians. Ellen Blix from Tromsö University and Lars Ladfors from Gothenburg talked about admission and intrapartum electronic fetal monitoring. I had expected some discussion or at least some disagreements but was surprised to find a complete consensus regarding the absence of benefits from using EFM in normal labor among low-risk women. The question needs to be, how do we proceed? Is there a pathway leading from the use of High-Tec in low-risk women and maybe redirect the resources to all women who are considered high-risk? Could we use the resources better in favor for both groups, promoting normal births and prevent adverse outcome for those who need more resources?


  2. Margareta Mollberg
    Jun 04, 2012 @ 12:15:05

    Obese pregnant woman is one group who sems to need more resources. The fact that obesity during pregnancy can affect outcomes for both mother and her expected baby is well known. During The Midwife Association Conference in Gothenburg in May one session theme was motivation. Among others one midwife and nutritionist described how they collaborated, with a program to motivate obese pregnant women to change their lifestyle during pregnancy? Some of pregnant obese woman needs support even after delivery of the baby to reach their weight goals. Whose responsibility is it? Could we increase cross-professional collaboration, in order to prevent adverse outcome, for these woman in a possible future pregnancy?


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