The Juan Ramon Jimenez University Hospital celebrate this friday I National Day commemorating the International Day of the Midwifeorganized by the Andalusian Association of Midwives, Ceuta and Melilla (AAM). The meeting coincides with the first centenary of the International Confederation of these professionals, which under the motto “100 years of progress”recalls the path traveled and the evolution of midwifery worldwide, the expansion of its areas of development and the strategic lines to continue advancing.
The scientific conferences have been attended by the territorial delegate for Health, Manuela Caro; the managing director of the Juan Ramón Jiménez University Hospital, José Luis Bonilla; the president of AAM, Irene Agea; the president of the organizing committee, vice president of AAM and midwife of the hospital center, Rosalía Mancheño, and the vice president of the Official College of Nursing, Patricia Mauri, who have welcomed the more than 150 attendees to this face-to-face meeting and via streaming.
During it they highlighted the importance of the midwife as a reference professional throughout the sexual and reproductive health process for women at all stages of life (adolescence, pregnancy, childbirth, puerperium and climacteric). Likewise, they have highlighted the interest of this scientific program, which addresses issues of updating competencies and training of midwives in different areas of knowledge, serving as an opportunity to share experiences, projects and concerns in the common goal of providing care of excellence in the sexual and reproductive health of the population.
With speakers with a solid professional background, the following were addressed: the ‘new challenges in cervical cancer screening in the midwife’s office’, to be considered in accordance with the WHO objective that 70% of women between 35 and 45 years have a high-precision test done by 2030; ‘The subcutaneous contraceptive implant in the midwife’s office’, with a wide range of possibilities as a long-term reversible contraceptive method and ‘the coordination of midwives in primary care as an essential challenge’, to improve the organization of care in women’s care.
Likewise, three training update workshops have been held, beginning with the ‘placement and removal of contraceptive implants’, followed by a second on ‘management of shoulder dystocia situations, what to do and not to do’ based on the available scientific evidence, constituting an obstetric emergency situation that can occur during childbirth.
The third workshop has trained attendees in an ancient technique endorsed by the WHO: “moxibustion”, aimed at achieving the proper position of the baby in the mother’s womb by combining exercises and the simultaneous application of heat with sticks from the plant of sagebrush. Studies show that this procedure improves the possibility of vaginal delivery with a significant decrease in caesarean section rates, and represents a painless, non-invasive alternative that is well tolerated by the woman and the baby.
The conference concluded with the recognition of retired midwives in the last two years of the pandemic, including Margarita Gutiérrez, first member of the Andalusian Association for Huelva. Likewise, the prizes for the best scientific communication of midwives and midwives’ residents have been awarded, respectively by the Andalusian Council of Nursing and the Nursing College of Huelva.