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4th International Conference of the German Society of Midwifery Science (DGHWi)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hebammenwissenschaft e. V.

16.02.2018, Mainz


The 4th International Conference "The Academic Midwife – Practice and Science" appeals to practising midwives, students and scholars, to researchers and members of other professional disciplines.

Around 100 participants are expected to take part at the conference. The registered attendees are not only from Germany, but Australia, Ireland, Norway, Austria, Switzerland and Great Britain.

All presentations are simultaneously translated in English or German respectively to foster the international exchange and cross-border professional discussion.

The keynote speech will be held by Professor Cecily M. Begley from Ireland. She holds a chair in ´Nursing and Midwifery´ at Trinitiy College in Dublin as well a visiting professorship at the university of Gothenburg in Sweden. She has a wide experience in developing pre-service undergraduate midwifery education programmes in Ireland.

Her main research emphasizes particular on women-centred midwifery care as well on inter-professional obstetrics strengthening the physiology of childbirth.

In her presentation "Merging practice and science to improve maternity care" she will talk about her research on strengthening physiology of childbirth and discuss the close interlocking of practice and science to improve obstetrics by means of examples.

This conference proceeding of the 4th International Conference is published as a supplement of the "Journal of Midwifery Science" (Zeitschrift für Hebammenwissenschaft).

In the editorial of the supplement the president of the German Society of Midwifery Science (DGHWI e.V.), Professor Monika Greening, will address the participants.

Official greetings (Grußworte) are sent by Ms. Sabine Bätzing-Lichtenthäler, minister for Social Affairs, Employment, Health and Demography of the state Rhineland-Palatinate followed by a welcome address by Professor Martin Klose principal of the Catholic University of Applied Sciences, Mainz. After the greetings by Ms. Ulrike Geppert-Orthofer M.Sc., new president of the German midwifery association "Deutscher Hebammenverband e.V.", and Ms. Ursula Jahn-Zöhrens, chair of the "Midwifery community support association" (Hebammengemeinschaftshilfe e. V.), Dr. Gertrud M. Ayerle and Elke Mattern M.Sc. will address the participants on behalf of the editorial board.

The main section of the supplement contains all submitted, accepted and bindingly confirmed abstracts of the keynote- speech, the presentations and posters.

We would like to thank everybody, who supported the board of DGHWi and the editorial board to organize the "Call for Abstracts", to review the submitted abstracts (Review-Process), and – last but not least – to set up all the preparations for the 4th International Conference.

We wish you a pleasant reading!

Translation: Gabriele Krueger (Midwife, MaS International Health)

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