STSM

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Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) committee lead:
Olga Gouni info@cosmoanelixis.gr


STSM Aims

The STSM user guide (July 2017) can be downloaded as a pdf here.

Information about STSM Criteria can be read here.

You can read tips for successful running of an STSM here.

Guidelines for report forms can be viewed here.

STSM rules and aims are here.

STSM REPORTS TO BE UPLOADED WITHIN 30 DAYS
The wind of change is blowing in STSM territory, too, bringing new regulations and a much better organizational process. So, if you have already been approved to do your STSM this running period or you intend to apply for the next call, make sure you notice the following among others:

EVERYTHING GOES ONLINE
Certainly you know that you need to apply online. And in the STSM User Guide, you will find excellent step-by-step guidance, so, no problem with that. What is new is that you need to upload the STSM report within 30 days after completion to the system as well. So, no emails to the STSM committee or Marie-Clare, but e-COST system upload. This means that you need to make sure that the deadline of the report should be on your agenda so that you are not in front of unpleasant surprises. Especially if those of you are up to the ears with academic duties, other papers, reports or lectures…

STSM 50% PREPAYMENT POSSIBLE
That’s very interesting. Did you know that? You can apply for 50% prepayment of your approved grant and get it! Especially if you are one who is going to spend a longer time period doing your STSM or you plan to go to one of those countries with high cost flights and hotel accomodation, this is a relief! Read the details carefully in the STSM User Guide and … start drafting your next STSM proposal!


Host institutes

Read the guidlines for host instituitions here.

Here is a link to the Host institution call final.

Hosts details will be published here.

You can view our downloads page here. These include tips for running a successfull STSM and proposed report formats.

 


STSM Reports

[NOTE: You can read all the reports from all the working groups on the Publications & Outputs page here]

Group members meet at UCLan, Preston, UK in November 2015: Here is a pdf link to the proposed STSM report.

How Are Babies Born? Ask the Mothers
: Download pdf here.

The socio-cultural context of midwifery in the Czech Republic: Download pdf here.

Inventing Midwifery from Scratch. A Strategy for Improving Midwives’ Decision-Making in Bulgaria: Download pdf here.

Building Intrapartum Research Through Health – an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth (BIRTH). Download pdf here.

The socio-cultural context of midwifery in the Czech Republic. Download the pdf here.

Inventing Midwifery from Scratch. A Strategy for Improving Midwives’ Decision-Making in Bulgaria. Download pdf here.

Maria Kazamiercza’s The beginnings of empathic parenthood.

Anastasia Topiladou’s Methods of physiological measurement and comparative description of women’s wellbeing in different settings of maternity care (Greece – Switzerland)

Elena Skoko’s How Are Babies Born? Ask the Mothers
 (Italy – UK)

Sarah Church’s The socio-cultural context of midwifery in the Czech Republic (UK – Czech)

Tracey Cooper’s Inventing Midwifery from Scratch. A Strategy for Improving Midwives’ Decision-Making in Bulgaria  (UK – Bulgaria)

Slobodan Sekulic’s Polyhydramnios and development and mineralisation of the bone (Serbia – Germany)

Sunita Panda’s Caesarean section in primiparous women: Swedish clinicians perspectives of factors influencing decision-making process (Republic of Ireland – Sweden)

Lilian Peters’s STSM report   (Netherlands- Republic of Ireland)

Kleopatra Alamantariotou’s Innovation technology and health (Greece- Republic of Ireland).

From the STSM meeting in October, written by Eva Hendrych Lorenzová. You can read it here.

Dr Maria Healy’s report is titled ‘A detailed exploration of the organisation of home birth services in The Netherlands, towards knowledge transition and development of home birth services in Ireland’. You can download this report here.

Dr Carol Kingdon has published an report called ‘Socio-cultural factors that influence rates of unnecessary caesarean section: Preparatory work for a qualitative evidence synthesis to support WHO Guideline Development’. You can dowload it here.

Iloana Neshkova has written about her visit Preston Birth Centre in the UK. Read the full report on the news section of this website here. Or you can download a pdf of the report here.

Maria Jesús Pueyo’s report on Policies and practices to improve in the field of obstetric interventions can be downloaded as a pdf here.

Mariana Filipa da Silva Amorim’s report Parental Quality of Life after a very preterm birth: Rethinking family centredness can be downloaded here (pdf).

Stella Villarmea, along with Kenny Fynlaison, Carol Kingdon, Gill Thomson (hosted by Soo Downe) have produced the STSM report Training in Qualitative Research Methodology and Analytical Framework. Download it here as a pdf.

Lucy Frith and Lea Takacs have produced a report called: Deconstructing the concept ‘satisfaction with intrapartum care’ – a critical interpretative synthesis of the literature.  You can download the pdf here.

STSM report (Jan 2017): Download the STSM report here.

STSM report (Nov 2017): Midwifery led units in UK- organizational context (Hosted by: MUNet and City of London University, Sept 11-24, 2017). Download the report here.

Maeve O’Connell wrote an article about her trip to Sweden to meet midwives helping expectant mothers which was published in the British Journal of Midwifery. You can download the pdf here.

STSM report (Nov 2017): WG4’s Mario Santos’ report – Home births, gender, and the state: Comparing knowledge, power, and practices in Portugal and Israel. Download the pdf here.

STSM report (Dec 2017): Report investigated by by George Tzagkarakis (hosted by WG2’s Maria Healy): An analysis of cardiotography (CTG) biosignals by utilising complexity algorithms to quantify, correlate and predict fetal movement. Download a pdf of it here.

Elena Sloko, COST Action Birth a Firenze report, October 2017, pdf.

Dr Corine Verhoeven, Learning from others: An exploration of the organisation of midwife-led units in Northern Ireland. March 2018, pdf.

Liv Bodil Eide, Birth environments – evolving interdisciplinary research integrating architectural and anthropological methods and perspectives, March 2018, word doc.

Dr Patricia Gillen’s Home birth in Denmark: knowledge translation and research to inform Homebirth Guidelines in Northern Ireland (Sept 2017).

Helpful STSM information:

Tips for successful running of an STSM

Host institution call final

IS1402 BIRTH Guidelines for Host Institutions

PROPOSED STSM REPORT FORMAT

STSM Criteria

 


STSM profiles

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Olga Gouni
Cosmoanelixis, Prenatal & Life Sciences
Disciplinary background: Prenatal psychology

Olga has studied Law at the Kapodistrian University, Athens, Greece but she continued her studies exploring the prenatal aspects of our human experience getting a professional specialization in Whole-Self Prenatal Psychology.

This is the field she has devoted her energy. For the last almost 20 years she has been running cosmoanelixis, which under the new legal status offers post-graduate and professional education in the field of Prenatal & Life Sciences both online and on site.

She is the president of the Hellenic Association for Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Medicine, NGO, Athens, Greece. She has published 2 books and has written a number of articles & papers.


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Dr Ans Luyben luyben@bluewin.ch
Hospital Spital STS AG in Thun, Switzerland
Disciplinary background: Midwifery

Dr. Ans Luyben is a pan-European midwife and academic. Born and trained in the Netherlands, she worked as a midwife, lecturer, researcher and manager in a variety of institutions in the Netherland and in Switzerland.

She carried out several research projects and published in a variety of German, Dutch and English professional journals and books (https://www.sites.google.com/site/ansluyben/).

Her doctoral study at the Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland (2008), addressed clients’ experiences in regard to antenatal care in Scotland, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Currently, she works as a midwife at the postnatal ward in the hospital Spital STS AG in Thun, Switzerland, while having honorary appointments at the University of Liverpool and Bournemouth University, UK. Her research interests are women’s and family health, with an emphasis on client-centred care, experiences and outcome, models of care provision, antenatal care, health care education and cross-national comparative studies.

Dr. Luyben is a Co-Chair of the ICM Education Standing Committee and has been actively involved in a variety of international projects such as the European Master of Science in Midwifery, the Multidisciplinary Patient Safety Curriculum (WHO) as well as the organisation of the bi-annual German speaking Workshop „Visions for Research and Practice in maternity care” and the Triennial ICM Conferences. She sees the STMS activities as great tools to gain and challenge cross- cultural knowledge and learn from the best.


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Professor Dr. Claudia Meier Magistretti
Lucerne University for Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne, Switzerland
Disciplinary background: Health and clinical Psychology, Public Health

Claudia is Director of Research at the Lucerne University for Applied Sciences and Arts (Department of Social Work) and specialises in Public Health and Health Promotion research and teaching.

Her main research areas are early life care and education, prevention and health promotion, gender and diversity in health, work place health promotion and health management, effectiveness measurement and evaluation. More here.


Jette Aaroe Clausen  jetteaaroeclausen@gmail.com

Jette Aaroe Clausen has a back ground in midwifery. Jette is currently a senior lecturer in Midwifery at University College Metropol, Department of Midwifery in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Her areas of interest are medicalisation, iatrogenic effects, place of birth and woman’s involvement in decision making and legal issues. Jette is also engaged in international work on human rights issues in maternity care with a special focus on European maternity care practices.

Jette defended her Ph.D. at the Centre  for STS Studies, Faculty of Art, Aarhus University. Topic of Ph.D.: How does materiality shape childbirth practices? An exploratory journey into evidence, childbirth practices and Science and Technology Studies (STS). The point of departure is a non essentialist take on technology.

She explores the relationship between technology in use in everyday birthing practices and the knowledge developed in randomized trials.

As a consequence she used empirical studies, interview and field study as her method. Jette has also worked with quantitative research i.e. Cochrane meta-analysis of Planned hospital birth versus planned home birth.


STSM group members

Tine Schauer Eri Tine.Eri@hioa.no


Reports

Group members meet at UCLan, Preston, UK in November 2015: Here is a pdf link to the proposed STSM report.

Methods of physiological measurement and comparative description
of women’s wellbeing in different settings of maternity care: Download pdf here.

How Are Babies Born? Ask the Mothers
: Download pdf here.

The socio-cultural context of midwifery in the Czech Republic: Download pdf here.

Inventing Midwifery from Scratch. A Strategy for Improving Midwives’ Decision-Making in Bulgaria: Download pdf here.

Building Intrapartum Research Through Health – an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth (BIRTH). Download pdf here.

Report of the STSM “How Are Babies Born? Ask the Mothers.” Download pdf here.

The socio-cultural context of midwifery in the Czech Republic. Download pdf here.

Inventing Midwifery from Scratch. A Strategy for Improving Midwives’ Decision-Making in Bulgaria. Download pdf here.

Maria Kazamiercza’s The beginnings of empathic parenthood.

Anastasia Topiladou’s Methods of physiological measurement and comparative description of women’s wellbeing in different settings of maternity care (Greece – Switzerland)

Elena Skoko’s How Are Babies Born? Ask the Mothers
 (Italy – UK)

Sarah Church’s The socio-cultural context of midwifery in the Czech Republic (UK – Czech)

Tracey Cooper’s Inventing Midwifery from Scratch. A Strategy for Improving Midwives’ Decision-Making in Bulgaria  (UK – Bulgaria)

Slobodan Sekulic’s Polyhydramnios and development and mineralisation of the bone (Serbia – Germany)

Sunita Panda’s Caesarean section in primiparous women: Swedish clinicians perspectives of factors influencing decision-making process (Republic of Ireland – Sweden)

Lilian Peters’s STSM report   (Netherlands- Republic of Ireland)

Kleopatra Alamantariotou’s Innovation technology and health (Greece- Republic of Ireland).

From the STSM meeting in October, written by Eva Hendrych Lorenzová. You can read it here.

Dr Maria Healy’s report is titled ‘A detailed exploration of the organisation of home birth services in The Netherlands, towards knowledge transition and development of home birth services in Ireland’. You can download this report here.

Dr Carol Kingdon has published an report called ‘Socio-cultural factors that influence rates of unnecessary caesarean section: Preparatory work for a qualitative evidence synthesis to support WHO Guideline Development’. You can dowload it here.

Iloana Neshkova has written about her visit Preston Birth Centre in the UK. Read the full report on the news section of this website here. Or you can download a pdf of the report here.

Maria Jesús Pueyo’s report on Policies and practices to improve in the field of obstetric interventions can be downloaded as a pdf here.


STSM book download

You can download a copy of the STSM book Childbirth Cultures Concerns and Consequences: Creating a Dynamic Framework for Optimal Maternity Care.

Get the pdf by clicking here.

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