EVENT: XIII Congress of the Spanish Association of Science and Technology (June 2017)

Lola Ruiz Berdún is organising a congress at Universidad de Alcalá is Spain in June 2017. It is the XIII Congress of the Spanish Association of Science and Technology, with the central topic a birthing chair. The image on the poster was despicted in a book written in 1580 by Alonso de los Ruyces de… Continue reading EVENT: XIII Congress of the Spanish Association of Science and Technology (June 2017)

When New Life Meets Death participatory research project receives grant

COST Action members Claudia Meier Magistretti and Valerie Fleming have successfully gained a grant for 159,000 Swiss Francs from the Swiss Academy for Medical Sciences (http://www.samw.ch/de.html) for their project “When new life meets death”, a participatory research project to improve care for families whose babies are given a diagnosis incompatible with life while in utero… Continue reading When New Life Meets Death participatory research project receives grant

WG5: Marie Kazmierczak receives 200,000 euros grant for research project

Working Group 5 member Marie Kazmierczak has received a research grant from the National Science Centre (NCN) in Poland. The grant is for her work entitled Empathy in couples as a predictor of responsiveness towards infant’s cry in the situation of parental role’s activation – mediational role of oxcytocin and vasopressin (HEART model). The grant… Continue reading WG5: Marie Kazmierczak receives 200,000 euros grant for research project

GRANT AWARD – Philosophy of Birth: Rethinking the Origin from Medical Humanities

Stella Villarmea writes with some great news about a research project she is involved in. Dear colleagues and friends at COST Action BIRTH, Let me share with you some excellent news: our research project, PHILOSOPHY OF BIRTH: RETHINKING THE ORIGIN FROM MEDICAL HUMANITIES (FFI2016-77755-R) has been awarded a grant by the Program for Research, Development… Continue reading GRANT AWARD – Philosophy of Birth: Rethinking the Origin from Medical Humanities

STSM: Maria Jesús Pueyo’s report on Policies and practices to improve in the field of obstetric interventions

You can download the pdf of this report here. The full report is published below. Report of the Short Term Scientific Mission Policies and practices to improve in the field of obstetric interventions COST Action: IS1405. Reference : ECOST-STSM-IS1405-031016-079964 Date of STSM: 3rd October- 9th October HOST: Dra Ana Pilar Betran. Department of Reproductive Health… Continue reading STSM: Maria Jesús Pueyo’s report on Policies and practices to improve in the field of obstetric interventions

STSM: Two reports published

The STSM group has published two new reports. The first, from the STSM meeting in October, has been written by Eva Hendrych Lorenzová. You can read it here. The second, by Dr Maria Healy, is titled ‘A detailed exploration of the organisation of home birth services in The Netherlands, towards knowledge transition and development of… Continue reading STSM: Two reports published

WG2: members publish bridge paper The Contribution of Prenatal Psychology to Our Understanding about Prenatal Dynamics and Fetal Behaviour

A “bridge” paper created by Anastasia Topalidou, Olga Gouni and Slobodan Sekulic has been published. It’s called The Contribution of Prenatal Psychology to Our Understanding about Prenatal Dynamics and Fetal Behaviour and you can download the pdf here. The paper has also been published in Psychology Research (Volume 6, Number 12, December 2016, Serial Number… Continue reading WG2: members publish bridge paper The Contribution of Prenatal Psychology to Our Understanding about Prenatal Dynamics and Fetal Behaviour

WG2 & STSM: Funding for home birth services in Northern Ireland

A related outcome from Dr Maria Healy’s recent STSM award entitled: ‘A detailed exploration of the organisation of home birth services in The Netherlands, towards knowledge transition and development of home birth services in Ireland’ has enabled funding for the development of home birth services in Northern Ireland. From the 4th – 9th September 2016, Dr Maria… Continue reading WG2 & STSM: Funding for home birth services in Northern Ireland

COST Action members visit the European Parliament

Who is afraid of maternity? Promoting normal birth through Europe. A discussion took place at the European Parliament. Panelists included Cecil Begley, Soo Downe, Antoni Belpiede, Ramon Escuriet and Rosa D’Amelio. Who is afraid of maternity? is a book written by Sandra Moreno, who introduced the discussion after a welcome by MEP Elena Gentile on… Continue reading COST Action members visit the European Parliament

TRAINING SCHOOL: Photos from Valencia (November)

The training school took place in Valencia. Here are some photos of some of the committee speaking, including Ramon Escuriet, Dr Jean Calleja Agius, Max Vento and Soo Downe. Photo: The training school organising committee Dr. Maria Carmen Collado, Dr. Maria J Pueyo,  Ass. Prof. Jean Calleja Agius, Prof. Soo Downe, Prof. Mechthild Gross, Dr.… Continue reading TRAINING SCHOOL: Photos from Valencia (November)

MEMBERS CONTRIBUTE TO NEW BOOK: New Thinking on Improving Maternity Care: International Perspectives

Several cost COST Action members have contributed to a new book to published by Pinter & Martin. You can pre-order the book here. (Press release) New Thinking on Improving Maternity Care: International Perspectives Pinter & Martin Publishers proudly announce the launch in early 2017 of New Thinking on Improving Maternity Care: International Perspectives. This edited… Continue reading MEMBERS CONTRIBUTE TO NEW BOOK: New Thinking on Improving Maternity Care: International Perspectives

Eastern Europe and Central Asia Caucus Consensus Statement – endorsed by Action

The Action has endorsed the consensus statement. Introduction (taken from the RODA website): The Eastern Europe and Central Asia Caucus was convened as part of Women Deliver 2016. The caucus was financially supported by PATH and organized by Roda, a Croatian NGO. The goal of the caucus was to bring together diverse stakeholders to discuss… Continue reading Eastern Europe and Central Asia Caucus Consensus Statement – endorsed by Action

REVIEW: Contemporary Research and Practice in Physiological Birth (Sept 18, 2016 in Sofia, Bulgaria)

Contemporary Research and Practice in Physiological Birth took place on Sep 18th, 2016 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and featured ten prominent speakers from different EU universities and hospitals presenting on the application of evidence-based medicine in the labor ward. Bulgarian women, midwives and obstetricians rarely consider childbirth to be an uncomplicated, physiological event. Different clinical and… Continue reading REVIEW: Contemporary Research and Practice in Physiological Birth (Sept 18, 2016 in Sofia, Bulgaria)