Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, is bisected by the Vltava River. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it's known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock. Completed in 1402, pedestrian Charles Bridge is lined with 30 statues of saints.
It is here that Tracy and Deb from YFER were headed to in June 2014 to present at the 2014 Triennial International Congress of Midwifery conference. They headed to by train visiting Turkey, Romania, Slovakia on the way enriching their appreciation of the eastern European people, their languages and their culture. A great prelude to their presentations and workshop at the conference, which was focused on embracing culture within a midwifery context.
The theme for the 2014 Congress was ‘Midwives: Improving Women’s Health Globally’
Over 3800 delegates from a record of 126 countries gathered to discuss midwifery and the steps necessary to ensure high quality, women-centered midwifery care. The second highest representing country by numbers attending was of course – the land of great travellers – AUSTRALIA. We were amoung great company.
As a grand start to the conference was setting the world record for the highest number of midwives singing together- 1563 from over 100 countries! It was a beautiful and sunny day, and midwives from all over the world showed up dressed in their country colours, waving their national flags, clapping loudly, and singing along cheerfully.
ON day 3 &4 Deb and Tracy showcased their work from around Australia with an emphasis on their connection and commitment to work undertaken in remote Indigenous communities in bringing evidence based reproductive health education into a community cultural context which is relevant, respectful and empowering. This is an important step towards improving awareness and outcomes for future parents living in remote corners of Australia. They shared Images and video showing and sharing voices calling for this acknowledgment of culture to be intricately entwined and respected in midwifery care globally.
See the video – “Djapirris message to midwives”
Midwives are the cornerstone to safe birth, healthy and happy mothers and newborns. We must show the world that ours is the right profession to invest in if we want to see longer-term social and economic advancement.
Recently, YFER Directors heard that they were accepted to present at the upcoming ICM conference being held in Toronto Canada in June 2017. Very Exciting!!