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6th International Conference of the German Society of Midwifery Science (DGHWi)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hebammenwissenschaft e. V.

28.07. - 29.07.2022, Winterthur, Schweiz


The 6th International Conference of the German Society for Midwifery Science (DGHWi) has the motto “Equality & Equity in Childbirth” and will take place on July 28 and 29, 2022 at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Winterthur, Switzerland.

The conference presentations, held in German and English, will be simultaneously interpreted to allow an active exchange of ideas and lively discussion between participants from different countries.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Franka Cadée, who will speak about „Implementing Midwife-led Continuity of Care (MLCC), a balancing act between science and politics“. Franka Cadée is a midwife and Chair of The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).

This conference volume is published as a supplement to the Journal of Midwifery Science. In the editorial of the supplement, the former chair of the German Society for Midwifery Science (DGHWi), Ms Elke Mattern, M.Sc., addresses the conference participants.

You will find official greetings from Beatrice Friedli and Dr. Astrid Krahl (#1) for the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), by Ulrike Geppert-Orthofer (#2), President of the German Midwifery Association (Deutscher Hebammenverband, DHV), by Barbara Stocker Kalberer (#3), President of the Swiss Midwifery Association (Schweizerischer Hebammenverband, SHV), by Ilona Strache (#4), Chair of the Federation of Independent Midwives in Germany (Bund freiberuflicher Hebammen in Deutschland, BfHD), Ursula Jahn-Zöhrens (#5), Co-Chair of the Board of the Society for Quality in Out-of-Hospital Midwifery (Gesellschaft für Qualität in der außerklinischen Geburtshilfe, QUAG), Grit Kretschmar-Zimmer (#6), Chair of the Midwifery Community Support Association (Hebammengemeinschaftshilfe, HGH), Andrea Ramsell (#7), second chair of the Working Group on Women's Health in Medicine, Psychotherapy and Society (Arbeitskreis Frauengesundheit in Medizin, Psychotherapie und Gesellschaft, AKF), Professor Anton J. Scharl (#8), President of the German Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe, DGGG), Professor Rolf Schlösser (#9), President of the German Society of Perinatal Medicine (Deutsche Gesellschaft für perinatale Medizin, DGPM) and Professor Wolfgang Lütje (#10), President of the German Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für psychosomatische Frauenheilkunde und Geburtshilfe, DGPFG). In addition, the participants will be welcomed by Dr. Gertrud M. Ayerle and Elke Mattern (#11) on behalf of the editorial team. They informed about the publication.

The main part of the supplement comprises all submitted and accepted abstracts, keynote speech as well as oral presentations, workshops and posters.

We would like to thank the organising team and all the members who supported the old Board, the DGHWi Presidium and the Editorial Board in organising the Call for Abstracts as well as in the evaluation of the abstracts submitted (Review Process), preparing the programme and, last but not least, making all the preparations for the 6th International Conference. The Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), under the direction of Dr. Astrid Krahl, has taken over the organisation of the conference.


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