Possui Graduação em Enfermagem, Especialização em Enfermagem Obstétrica e Mestrado em Enfermagem pela Faculdade de Enfermagem da Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (2000, 2003, 2006). Atualmente é Especialista em Regulação de Saúde Suplementar da Agência Nacional de Saúde Suplementar e doutoranda em Epidemiologia em Saúde Pública da Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública Sérgio Arouca – ENSP/Fiocruz. Integra o Grupo de pesquisa Nascer no Brasil: inquérito nacional sobre parto e nascimento, do CNPq. Tem experiência na área de Enfermagem, com ênfase em Enfermagem Obstétrica, e na área de Saúde Suplementar. Desenvolve pesquisas nas áreas de Epidemiologia e Avaliação em Saúde, com foco no estudo de determinantes da prevalência de cesariana e de intervenções ou programas voltados para a atenção ao parto e nascimento no setor suplementar de saúde no Brasil.
Chris Kettle is Professor of Women’s Health, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire University. Prior to this she worked at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire as a specialist clinical midwife. Her clinical work involves running a ‘Perineal Care Clinic’ and teaching perineal repair skills to midwives and doctors. Over the past ten years Chris Kettle has received several prestigious awards for her research work, including two competitive fellowships from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust and the Smith & Nephew Foundation.
She is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for her expertise in the field of perineal trauma following childbirth. Her collaborative work in this area has resulted in several systematic reviews and clinical randomised controlled trials that have informed evidence based practice.
Chris has been involved in running ‘hands on’ perineal repair workshops within the UK, Brazil and internationally in collaboration with Professor Khaled Ismail (Birmingham University). She has also worked together to develop a clinical training model called ‘The Keele & Staffs Episiotomy Repair Trainer’ (Limbs and Things, UK) and led in the development of the PEARLS.net e-learning system (a multidisciplinary web-based package to enhance practitioners’ knowledge and skills in perineal assessment, repair and management). An e-learning version called ‘MaternityPEARLS’ is now available for online access through StratOG (the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists e-learning resource) and the Royal College of Midwives.
Christine McCourt is Professor of Maternal and Child Health, School of Health Sciences, at City University London, where she is joint research lead in the Centre for Research in Maternal and Child Health and Senior Tutor for Research. She teaches at Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral level as well as conducting and supporting a range of research projects. Her key interests are in maternity and women’s health, with particular interests in institutions and service change and reform, on women’s experiences of childbirth and maternity care and in the culture and organisation of maternity care. She has worked over a number of years on applying anthropological theory and methodology to studying ‘western’ healthcare and she is also the managing editor of the international journal on applied anthropology, Anthropology in Action. Her recent research has focused particularly on research on place of birth and on issues of equity and access to care. She has also been working in partnership with colleagues in Brazil to support them in bringing evidence from research on quality, safety and women’s and midwives’ experiences of care to reforming maternity and reproductive rights in Brazil, through supervision of doctoral and postdoctoral studies and providing advice and input to plans for reforming and evaluating care.
Debra Bick is a midwife and researcher with an academic background in public health and epidemiology. Debra is Professor of Evidence Based Midwifery Practice in the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, at King’s College London. She is also a visiting professor at Bournemouth University and at the University of São Paulo and is Editor in Chief of ‘Midwifery: An international journal’. Professor Bick has contributed to several recent policy reviews of the maternity services in England and Wales led by the Department of Health. She has also contributed to a Healthcare for London review of maternity services in the capital and to the work of the Public Health Advisory Committee of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). In 2011, Professor Bick was a member of The Maternal and Newborn Review Panel, and in 2012 she was appointed as a member of the Children and Young Persons Health Outcomes Forum’
Gene Declercq is a Professor of Community Health Sciences and Assistant Dean for DrPH Education at the Boston University School of Public Health and professor on the faculty of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Boston University School of Medicine. He has served as lead author of national reports on women’s experiences in childbirth and in the postpartum period entitled Listening to Mothers I, II& III and New Mothers Speak Out. He was a technical advisor to the film documentary, The Business of Being Born and was developer of the video Birth by the Numbers and a companion website (www.birthbythenumbers.org ) which provides accessible data and teaching materials on contemporary childbirth practices and outcomes in the US and overseas. He was one of the contributing authors to the Lancet Special Series on Midwifery and is a Principal Investigator for the Massachusetts Outcomes Study of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (MOSART) an NIH funded study of infant and maternal outcomes associated with assisted reproductive technologies.
Hannah Dahlen is the Professor of Midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at UWS. She has been a midwife for 24 years and still practices. She is one of the first midwives in Australia to gain Eligibility and access to a Medicare provider number following government reforms in 2010 enabling her to provide private services with a rebate for women and prescribe medications.
Hannah has strong national and international research partnerships, has received 12 grants since 2000, including being CI on two NHMRC grants in 2011 and an ARC in 2013. Hannah has had over 100 peer reviewed publications in the past seven years. She has spoken at over 100 national and international conference and given invited keynote addresses at half of these.
Hannah is the National Media Spokesperson for Australian College of Midwives and has been interviewed in print, radio and TV over 300 times and featured in two documentaries. Hannah is a past President of the Australian College of Midwives and received Life Membership in 2008 for outstanding contributions to the profession of Midwifery.
In November 2012 she was named in the Sydney Morning Herald’s list of 100 “people who change our city for the better” A panelist on the selection panel for the special feature in the (sydney) magazine described Hannah as “probably the leading force promoting natural birth and midwife-led care in Australia.” Hannah was named as one of the leading “science and knowledge thinkers” for 2012.
In 2011 Professor Downe (UCLAN) and Professor Holly Kennedy Powel (Yale University) and Professor Dahlen formed an international research group called EPIIC (Epigenetic impact of Childbirth). This is now an international, interdisciplinary research collaboration representing fields of genetics, physiology, developmental biology, epidemiology, medicine, midwifery, and nursing.
Holly Powell Kennedy is Executive Deputy Dean & Helen Varney Professor of Midwifery at Yale University. As an internationally known midwifery researcher and leader Dr. Kennedy is the first person to be appointed as the Varney Professor of Midwifery at Yale in 2009. She came to the position with broad experiences as a clinician, researcher, educator, policymaker and leader in a variety of settings. Collectively these experiences have shaped her current vision of academic and clinical scholarship in US maternal-child health care.
She is Past-President of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the professional association representing Certified Nurse-Midwives and Certified Midwives in the US.
Dr. Kennedy’s program of research is rooted in her clinical and educational experiences during which she was challenged by a prevailing lack of trust in and fear of childbirth. Her research is committed to understand the links between “how” care is provided during pregnancy and birth with clinical and social outcomes. Part of her work has culminated in a conceptual framework of midwifery care reflecting (a) the relationship between the woman and the midwife, (b) orchestration of an environment of care by the midwife to meet the woman’s needs, and (c) life journeys, or outcomes for both, that go beyond usual perinatal measures. She has employed mixed methods to examine the provision of care in complex settings and with various models. She has been instrumental in developing the concept of “optimality” in maternity care, which strives to achieve the maximal outcome with minimal intervention in the context of the woman’s obstetrical, medical, and social background. Her future work will examine cultural issues in applying evidence supporting low-interventive care in complex birth settings and shared decision-making among women and clinicians about birth care.
Jane Sandall is Professor at King’s College London, and leads a Maternal Health Services and Policy Research Group in King’s Health Partners Women’s Health Academic Centre. She is also a member of the leadership group of King’s Improvement Science. She has a clinical background in Midwifery and is trained as a Social Scientist. Her programme of work looks at the translation of novel technologies into health care and innovative ways of organising services differently to bridge ‘gaps’ in care and improve quality and safety. Organisational research includes organisational case studies looking at safety of Birthplace in England, and the relationship between maternity workforce staffing and quality and safety outcomes using secondary data analysis. Research findings have informed the UK government commission on Nursing and Midwifery, House of Commons Health Committee on Inequalities, NHS London, and US, Brazilian and Australian reviews of maternity services.
She is currently a member of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG) Intrapartum Clinical Studies Group, Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Board, and the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) Research Advisory Group. She is Associate Editor of Midwifery and Adjunct Professor University of Technology, Sydney and of the University of Iceland.
Dr. José Belizán, a native of Argentina, is a medical doctor, with a PhD in Reproductive Health Sciences, Senior Researcher of his country’s National Board of Science and Technology, and has an extensive experience in research, training, implementation science and advocacy in low-and-middle income countries in maternal health area. He has been involved in activities in almost all the Latin American countries on research and teaching activities, and in African an Asian countries in research and consultancy activities.
During his career he was a WHO fellow in reproductive biology at the Latin American Center for Perinatology and Human Development (CLAP-PAHO/WHO), Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics at the School of Medicine of the National University of Rosario, Head of the Perinatal Intensive Care Unit of the Hospital “20 de Noviembre” of the Social Security and Services Institute for State Employees (ISSSTE) in Mexico City. He was named a scientist at the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), in Guatemala City; Assistant Professor at the School of Medicine of the National University of Rosario; and served as the Director of the Centro Rosarino de Estudios Perinatales (CREP). Dr. Belizán was appointed Director of the Latin American Center for Perinatology and Human Development (CLAP-PAHO/WHO) in Montevideo, when he joins the Department of Mother & Child Health Research, Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS) as Chairman, being this his current position. He is currently also Adjunct Professor of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Adjunct Professor of the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Adjunct Professor of the Master in Reproductive Health, University of Concepcion, Chile. He is at present the International Director, Fogarty/NIH fellowship site at IECS.
Throughout his career, Dr. Belizán published more than 200 articles as author and co-author in books and prestigious scientific journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, JAMA, British Medical Journal and others of his specialty, maternal newborn and child health. He has also been part of the publishing board of 15 Journals, currently editor in chief of Current Women´s Health Reviews. Furthermore, he has been of several committees and various world scope agency consultancies such as FIGO Advisory Panel on Maternal and Perinatal Health and Obstetrics, RHR/WHO Regional Advisory Panel for the Americas, Steering Committee of the Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research (NICHD/NIH) among others.
Lesley Page is president of the Royal College of Midwives. She was the first professor of midwifery in the UK at Thames Valley University and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital. She is a renowned international academic, advocate and activist for midwives, mothers and babies with more than 32 years’ midwifery experience. Her accomplished career has encompassed clinical practice, management and leadership, academic and policy work. She has practised midwifery in the community, hospital and home birth settings and continues to practise in Oxfordshire.
She is also a Visiting Professor of Midwifery at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London, Adjunct Professor University of Technology Sydney and Visiting Professor, University of Sydney. She has worked and lectured in 16 different countries. She was a member of the Expert Maternity Group that wrote Changing Childbirth, published in 1993, and was specialist adviser to the House of Commons Sub-committee responsible for investigating the state of maternity services in 2003 and adviser to the King’s Fund enquiry into the safety of the maternity services in England 2007-2008.
Lesley received the International Alumni Award University of Technology Sydney in 2013 and was conferred with an Honorary DSc by University of West London in November 2013. She was a keynote speaker at the Humanization of Birth Conference in Fortaleza, Brazil, in 2000, Rio de Janeiro 2006, COBEON Conference Florianopolis in 2013 sponsored by nursing associations. Keynote address and roundtable ‘strategies to increase the rate of normal birth’ and the role of midwifery in providing best practice in maternity care.
4-6 Nov Keynote address and workshops ‘First workshop for midwifery education’ Belo Horizonte. ‘How midwifery in the UK moved from margins to mainstream.’ Visited Maternidade do Hospital Risoleta Tolentino Neves and Sofia Feldman Hospital exemplifying humanization of birth.
Lesley is considered the “godmother” of the humanisation of birth movement in the country.
Graduada em Medicina pela Universidade Federal da Bahia (1975), mestrado e doutorado em Saúde Pública pela Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (1981 e 1997). Pesquisadora titular da Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, foi Vice Presidente de Ensino, Informação e Comunicação da Fiocruz e Diretora da Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública.Tem experiência em docência e investigação na área da Saúde Pública, com ênfase em Epidemiologia, atuando principalmente nos seguintes temas: iniquidades em saúde da mulher, criança e adolescente, mortalidade infantil, neonatal e perinatal, parto e nascimento, cuidados básicos de saúde e avaliação de programas. Orientou mais de 30 teses de Doutorado e dissertações de Mestrado. Publicou mais de 100 artigos científicos, livros e capítulos de livros. Por três vezes foi Cientista do nosso Estado – Rio de Janeiro (bolsa Faperj), Pesquisadora do CNPq 1B. Foi diretora da Editora Fiocruz, participa do comitê editorial da Revista Materno Infantil de Pernambuco e é editor associado da Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia (ABRASCO).
É médica graduada pela UFMG em 1982. Especialista em ginecologia/obstetrícia (TEGO no 487/95) e em fitoterapia pela UFG em 2010. Atuou no campo de gestão por 16 anos em um hospital de médio porte em goiás, tendo implantado modelo de atenção humanizada ao parto e nascimento que se tornou referência para o Ministério da Saúde. É professora voluntária da Universidade de Brasília- UnB na disciplina de saúde coletiva, atuando junto a equipe de PSF com alunos do último ano de medicina e enfermagem. Consultora do Ministério da Saúde -Política Nacional de Humanização desde 2003, trabalhando atualmente na frente pela redução da mortalidade infantil no norte e nordeste, com as maternidades da região. É formada pelo método Ressenguier na área de ginecologia e obstetrícia, tendo iniciado sua formação no método em 1993.
Possui graduação em Enfermagem pela Universidade de São Paulo (1973), mestrado em Enfermagem pela Universidade de São Paulo (1978), doutorado em Enfermagem pela Universidade de São Paulo (1985) e pós-doutorado pela University of Illinois at Chicago. É professor titular da Universidade de São Paulo. Tem experiência na área de Enfermagem, com ênfase em Enfermagem Obstétrica e Ginecológica, atuando principalmente nos seguintes temas: câncer de mama, saúde da mulher, reabilitação, mastectomia e enfermagem obstétrica.
Possui graduação em Medicina pela Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (1984), mestrado (1996) e doutorado em Medicina (Medicina Preventiva) pela Universidade de São Paulo (2001), e pós-doutourado em Saúde Materno-infantil pelo Cemicamp (2004). É livre-docente do Departamento de Saúde Materno-infantil na Faculdade de Saúde Pública da Universidade de São Paulo (concurso em junho 2011). Tem experiência na área de Medicina, com ênfase em Medicina Preventiva, Saúde e Direitos Sexuais e Reprodutivos, Gênero e Saúde Materna, Saúde Materno-infantil, Saúde Pública baseada em evidências. É coordenadora regional (região Sudeste) do Inquérito Nacional Nascer no Brasil (2010-2012). Visiting Reader no King’s College London, Women’s Health Division (Fevereiro 2012-Janeiro 2013), com bolsa da Fapesp.
Soo Downe is Professor of Midwifery Studies at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). She set up the UCLan Midwifery Studies Research Unit in October 2002. She now leads the Research in Childbirth and Health (ReaCH) group. Her main research focus is the nature of, and culture around, normal birth. Soo’s research is encompassed by four distinct programmes of work, namely intrapartum phenomenon and techniques, with specific attention to physiological processes and consequent outcomes; midwifery expertise and practice; place and mode of birth, and associated interprofessional issues; and service user engagement.
She currently chairs the UK Royal College of Midwives Campaign for Normal Birth steering committee, and she co-chairs the ICM Research Standing Committee. She has been a member of a number of national midwifery committees, and she recently chaired the joint Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists/National Patient Safety Agency subcommittee on the nature of evidence for maternity care.
She is a member of the UK Medical Research Council College of Experts, and has held a number of visiting professorships, most recently in Belgium, Hong Kong, and Sweden.
She is the editor of Normal Birth, Evidence and Debate (2004, 2008), and the founder of the International Normal Birth Research conference series. As well as running a number of locally funded projects, she is currently the principle investigator on two large funded studies, the SHIP trial of the use of self-hypnosis in labour (funded by the NHS RfPB) and EU COST Action on childbirth contexts, cultures and consequences.