Kick-off for OptiBIRTH!

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.

Kick-Off for OptiBirth

To the left: A view from the old church in Glendalough. To the right: Professor Cecily Begley during one of the plenary discussions.

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!

Kick-Off for OptiBirth 2

Left: Ingela together with Mechthild Gross, midwife from Germany, and Sandra Morano, obstetrician from Italy, outside The Book of Kells at Trinity University. Right: an amazing view in the county of Wicklow.

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…..

Kick-Off for OptiBirth

Here are some of the members in WP2, from the left: Evelien van Limbeek (Netherlands), Janine Stockdale (Ireland), June Nicoletti (Italy), Joan Lalor (Ireland) and Marianne Nieuwenhuÿze (Netherlands).



One Comment

  1. Carina
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 11:15:27

    Lovely photos and good luck with this exciting project!


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