As this Cost Action BIRTH enters its fourth and last year the work of WG5, wich focus on Neuro-psycho-social characteristics and effects of labour events is advancing beautifully. Our recent meeting in Luzern , Switzerland, on february 7-9th was highly productive (and enjoyable since we also got to see the exciting Carnival of Luzern!). Our… Continue reading PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF BIRTH: WG-5 WORKING IN LUZERN
Last COST ISO1405 meeting was held in October 2017 in Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, well renowned for the countless master pieces of Renaissance and architecture. One of the objectives of Working Group One is to assess patterns of epigenetic changes that might be associated with different labour and birth events and… Continue reading WG1 in Florence: understanding epigenetics intrapartum
The Psychological Experience of Physiological Childbirth: a Protocol for a Systematic Review of Qualitative Studies. By Patricia Leahy-Warren, Marianne Nieuwenhuijze, Maria Kazmierczak, Yael Benyamini, Margaret Murphy, Esther Crespo-Mirasol, Andria Spyridou, Sigridur Sia Jonsdóttir, Lea Tackas, and Ibone Olza. Our paper has just been published on the International Journal of Childbirth, Volume 7, Number 2. It… Continue reading New publication from WG-5
by Anastasia Topalidou There is a lot of talk of trans-disciplinary research these days. Is it a sign of the times, a new trend or a new requisite need? Maybe it is just a combination of all these, plus the simple assumption that research can no longer provide many essential and groundbreaking solutions unless individuals… Continue reading Are the scientific journals ready for trans-disciplinary research publications?
Working group 5-2 has focused on researching women´s lived experience of physiological childbirth. Meeting the emotional and psychosocial needs of labouring women requires a deep understanding of the psychological aspects of physiologic childbirth by midwives and other health care professionals. However, knowledge on psychological or emotional experiences of women during childbirth remains limited. What… Continue reading WG-5-2 on the Pyschology of Childbirth
By Lucy Frith The last meeting of our COST Action was held in Crete. There is rarely time to explore where we are and do the usual tourist pursuits at these meetings, but after the meeting had ended we had a wonderful tour round Knossos – finding out about the Minoan civilisation and how, among… Continue reading WG-3 in Crete: update on socio-cultural perspectives around childbirth
By Andee Agius The main role of this working group is to review current longitudinal birth cohort studies with a special focus on epigenetic changes occurring during physiological birth. As definitions of physiological birth are not consistent, we propose the following definition: at term (37 completed weeks), singleton, cephalic, spontaneous onset of labour, no risk-pregnancy… Continue reading Short and long term benefits of physiological childbirth: update from WG-1
By Soo Downe What happens when, over three days, you get over fifty people together who are experts in a wide range of fields, but who are all focused on a single goal? Magic happens. And when those people are midwives and obstetricians, architects and engineers, sociologists and philosophers, artists and social activists, psychologists, anthropologists,… Continue reading Our magic Cretan meeting: working to improve birth.