Succesful Share-Net meeting on Respectful Maternity Care co-organized by UMC Utrecht
On 7 November, more than 70 practicioners, policy makers and researchers came together in Amsterdam for a thematic Share-Net meeting to discuss respectful maternity care.
The meeting was organized by Share-Net international and co-organized by the UMC Utrecht. The objective of the meeting was to bridge the gap between global policy and local practice in maternal health care worldwide.
Prof.dr. Jelle Stekelenburg chaired the meeting, that started with 3 keynote presentations by Dr. Metin Gülmezoglu (WHO), Prof. Tarek Meguid (Mnazi Mmoja Hospital), and Franka Cadée (ICM) and Dr. Sally Pairman (ICM). All presentations underlined the importance of respectful maternity care. Dr. Metin Gülmezoglu focussed on measures to reduce disrespect in childbirth in order to prevent and decrease mistreatment. Prof. Tarek Meguid, pointed out that change in maternity care is possible, but that it requires people on the ground, working and caring for maternity care. Franka Cadée and dr. Sally Pairman stated: “‘If safety comes first, respect doesn’t always follow, if respect come first, safety must follow.”
After the three keynote presentations an interactive ‘world café’ session followed. During the session participants discussed how changes can be implemented on both a local and a global level and how the role of different stakeholders can contribute to this.
It was a very succesful day, with useful plans and considerations regarding the implementation of changes to contribute to respectful maternity care.
The meeting was organized by Share-Net international, in collaboration with the Royal Dutch Organisation of Midwives (KNOV), Dutch Working Party for Safe Motherhood and International Reproductive Health, Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Netherlands Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health (NVTG), Cordaid and the UMC Utrecht.
For more information on the meeting, please visit the website.