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Keynote Presentation

GOLD Midwifery is pleased to offer a free 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.

Our Keynote Presentation is a great way to kick off our annual conference; it's often the tipping point for individuals, helping them make the final decision to enjoy the other presentations we have in store. Only registered delegates will be able to claim continuing education hours and can do so by logging into the Delegates Area prior to watching the presentation.

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Feb 4, 2019 17:00 UTC
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Betty-Anne Daviss, RM, MA

Betty-Anne Daviss MA, RM has practised as a midwife for over 40 years on various continents, and as a researcher in the social sciences and clinical epidemiology, for over 25 years. An Adjunct Professor in Ottawa, Canada, she has taught since the 1980s about the politics of gender and health. She has worked towards midwifery legislation in Canada and the U.S. and acted as the project coordinator for the Safe Motherhood Initiative of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). Engaged with the SOGC when it first began to reintroduce vaginal breech birth to Canada, she has helped to organize several breech conferences and was the co-principal investigator and principle writer for the Frankfurt study comparing vaginal breeches born with the mothers upright vs on their backs (2017). She was a co-editor of Birth Models That Work (2009) and is principal editor of Speaking Truth to Power: Childbirth Models on the Human Rights Frontier (forthcoming 2019).

Abstract: Speaking Truth to Power: Childbirth Models on the Human Rights’ Frontier

This presentation traces how national and international efforts to improve childbirth care have graduated from disenfranchised social movements in the 1970s and 1980s to entrenchment of human rights in childbirth in UN declarations and the courts. Dynamic communities around the world that are rejecting the imposition of status quo dysfunctional pregnancy and childbirth systems and replacing them with more appropriate models of care will be highlighted. Using unorthodox means, such as employing non physicians to do cesareans, placing a psychologist instead of an obstetrician in charge of the caseroom, choosing to support instead of arrest and eliminate the traditional midwives, I present these iconoclastic models that work even under dire circumstances, in countries as diverse as China, Canada, India, Afghanistan, Turkey, Hungary, Tanzania, Palestine and Mexico. Tackling the problems of the neoliberal drive for privatization and centralization of health care services and the bullying between and among the professions, I demonstrate how the use of radical, conscious change in birth practices, puts practitioners at their peril who choose to take their stand with childbearers, but places power and control in the right hands.

Live Presentation Schedule

Feb 4, 2019 17:00 UTC - (Show local time)
Feb. 5, 2019 00:00 UTC - (Show local time)

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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 February 18, 2019.

* Only registered Delegates will be awarded educational credit for this presentation.

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