OptiBirth is a project funded by EU, FP7, aiming to improve the organization of maternal health service delivery, and optimizing childbirth, by increasing vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) through enhanced women-centered care. Last week Ingela Lundgren and Christina Nilsson were at a kick-off meeting held at Trinity University in Dublin, Ireland. Ingela is leading one part of the project (WP2) that contains qualitative studies and systematic reviews, aiming to develop the subsequent women-centered intervention.
Professor Cecily Begley, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland is the scientific leader of the project. She held the conference and invited us to see something of Ireland the day before the conference. We visited Glendalough outside Dublin and learnt about the old history of Ireland. As early as during the 6 th Century the first churches was built.
It was not easy to believe the Dubliners when they assured us that the weather always is terrible in Ireland. The weather was absolutely lovely and we really enjoyed our stay!
The days were filled with discussions around the projects initial planning, both in plenary and in small working groups. Despite cultural differences, the project group is committed and united in a strong wish to decrease the CS rate in Europe. The discussions were lively, inspiring, interesting and gave lots of new thoughts…..