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Workshops 2018-19

Midwives Centenary Conference

To mark the centenary of the Midwives (Ireland) Act 1918 'Midwives Centenary Conference' was held on 1 October 2018

Convenor: Dr Phil Gorey with Rotunda Hospital, Dublin

9.00  Welcome: Professor Fergal Malone, Master of the Rotunda Hospital.

         Opening address: Fiona Hanrahan, Director of Midwifery and Nursing,  Rotunda Hospital.                                       

 The conference will be opened by Simon Harris, T.D., Minister for Health.


9.45  Pre twentieth century maternity. Chair: Catherine Cox, Director, Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University College Dublin.

Changing Childbirth in Eighteenth Century Ireland.  Mike Geary (Rotunda Hospital)

‘A Fat, Pompous Old Woman, Ignorant, and Illiterate’: Popular Midwifery in Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Laurence Geary (University College Cork)

Breastfeeding in nineteenth-century Irish workhousesJudy Bolger (Trinity College Dublin)

11.05  Tea & Coffee

11.20  Motherhood supported: Chair: Anne O’ Byrne, Librarian, Rotunda Hospital.

 Women’s views and experiences of having their mental health needs considered in the perinatal period. Ursula Nagle (Rotunda Hospital)

 The prevalence of anxiety in pregnancy and at three months postpartum, as reported by nulliparous women in Ireland. Louise Rafferty (Rotunda Foundation)  

 ‘Treasure Hunting’- establishing a Midwife-led Fetal Growth Assessment (MFGA) Clinic to identify the high-risk fetus in the low-risk pregnancy. Brenda Kelly (Belfast HSC Trust)

“Getting Ready for Baby - Group Based Antenatal Care and Education”. Denise Boulter (Public Health Agency, Belfast)

12.55  Lunch

13.40  The newly registered midwife and maternal care Chair: Harriet Wheelock, Heritage Centre, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Municipal gospel or necessity? Belfast Corporation and the regulation of midwives, 1911-1918. Phil Gorey (University College Dublin)

The first Central Midwives Board for Ireland (1918-1924): impact and change. Ann Louise Mulhall (Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital)

Delivering the district: Anne Lynch, midwife to Oldcastle, Co Meath, in the first decades of the new Irish State Anne Marie Meenan and Anne Mac Lellan (The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital & Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown)

Midwives and antenatal care: The boundaries of responsibility Janet Greenlees (Glasgow Caledonian University)

15.15  Tea & Coffee

15.15  Maternal health, social policy and birth control. Chair: Dawn Johnston, Interim CEO, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

Midwives voices in Irish maternity care policy documents: the Mother and Infant Care Scheme. Margaret Dunlea (Trinity College Dublin)

Family planning in the Rotunda Hospital, c.1961-1972 Deirdre Foley (Dublin City University)

Recruiting, training and supervising Maternity Peer Supporters to enhance perinatal care of migrant women within a multisite feasibility study - The ORAMMA project Catherine Burke (Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield)

Midwives' voices in Irish maternity care policy: contemporary developments. Malgorzata Stach (Trinity College Dublin)

Contact UCD Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland

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