Closing Keynote Presentation

GOLD Midwifery is pleased to offer our Closing Keynote Presentation open to the general public. Our Keynote Presentation always discusses historical, biological, or sociological topics, and is meant to appeal to a wide range of health care professionals.

We're thrilled to have Evita Fernandez, FRCOG, as our Closing Keynote Speaker for this year's GOLD Midwifery Conference. Dr. Evita Fernandez's presentation "Birth Without Interventions" will be take place Live February 24th, 2020 and is open to anyone in the public to attend. We invite you to join us at either of our two live sessions or access the public recordings of this talk until March 20th, 2020. A Certificate of Attendence will be provided.

Need continuing education credits? Only Delegates registered for the full conference will be able to claim continuing education hours and can do so by logging into the Delegates Area prior to watching the presentation. To learn more about registering for the conference, please visit this page. Registered Delegates will have access to this presentation and 13 additional presentations until April 2, 2020 (Annual Members will have until April 23, 2020).

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Feb 24, 2020 16:00 UTC
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Evita Fernandez, FRCOG

Dr. Evita took over the reins of the Fernandez Hospital in 1985, which was started by her parents over seven decades ago. Under her mentorship, the Fernandez Hospital grew into one of the most respected names in maternal healthcare.

In 2018, to align the Fernandez institutions more closely with their value-based ethical legacy, Dr. Evita spearheaded their transformation into not-for-profit entities by bringing them all under the aegis of the newly established Fernandez Foundation.

The Fernandez Foundation’s activities expanded beyond maternity and neonatal care to encompass holistic healthcare for women and children, medical education and research, advocacy and retail.

A passionate advocate of normal birthing, Dr. Evita believes in the need to empower women to make choices with regard to issues surrounding birth. She is a strong proponent of midwifery as a means that can help increase access to high-quality maternity care for more women.It was this belief that motivated her to launch the two-year in-house Professional Midwifery Education and Training (PMET) Programme in August 2011.

Dr. Evita is a prolific speaker and has presented numerous scientific papers at national and international conferences. She has contributed chapters in textbooks. She is also the recipient of several awards.

Dr. Evita completed her MBBS from St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore in 1976 and secured her DGO from Osmania University in 1980. She obtained her membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London in 1983 and was conferred a Fellowship in 2001.

She is the Managing Trustee of the Dr. Leslie J. Fernandez Memorial Charitable Trust and the Fernandez Hospital Educational and Research Foundation.

Abstract: Birth Without Interventions

When a woman enjoys a physiological birth (spontaneous onset of labour without medical interventions) she experiences a deep sense of accomplishment, fulfillment and empowerment. Pregnant women if given the right evidence based information on the normal physiology of labour and birth; enlightened on the options of comfort measures to help cope with the pain of labour will feel more confident to a birth without unnecessary interventions.

The ACOG Committee Opinion No. 76, February 2017, suggested evidence based strategies for low-risk pregnant women. Delaying admission until active phase (> 6cm cervical dilatation), monitoring the fetal heart intermittent auscultation with a hand-held Doppler for monitoring the fetal heart; remaining mobile and upright; ensuring adequate intake of oral liquids and /or food, the presence of a supportive birth companion, the avoidance of unnecessary IV oxytocin infusion, leaving the bag of membranes to break spontaneously, to birth in the position of choice, to hold the baby skin to skin and initiate early breastfeeding are effective steps towards a natural birth. All of this can be offered by a professional midwife trained to meet global standards of competence as outlined by WHO/ICM.

Live Presentation Schedule

Feb 24, 2020 16:00 UTC - (Show local time)
Feb. 24, 2020 01:00 UTC - (Show local time)

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Continuing Education Certificates:

Educational Credit for this presentation is available for Registered Delegates only. Registered Delegates will be able to confirm attendance at the Keynote Presentation on their Delegate Attendance Record once the GOLD Midwifery Conference gets underway.

*Free access to the general public is only available at the live online presentation or on our website as a recording until March 20, 2020.

*Only registered Delegates will be awarded educational credit for this presentation. A Certificate of Attendence will be provided.

*Please be aware that the Handouts to this presentation are for use only by individuals who have attended the live or recorded version of this presentation; and that they are for personal use only and are not to be shared with other non-attending individuals. Thank you.