World Health Organisation
advisor to guest lecture at Edge Hill University
TO celebrate the International Day of
the Midwife on Thursday 5 May, Edge Hill University will host regular Advisor to
the World Health Organisation, Professor Tina Dame Lavender to discuss the
changing global agendas in relation to maternal health.
Dame Tina Lavender is Professor of Midwifery and Director of the Centre for
Global Women's Health at the University of Manchester. She is Co-editor in Chief
of the British Journal of Midwifery, Associate Editor of the African Journal of
Midwifery and Women's Health, Editor of the Pregnancy and Childbirth Group of
the Cochrane Collaboration and on the editorial team of the British Journal of
Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Head of Midwifery and Lead Midwife Education, Catherine McEvilly said during her
guest lecture, Professor Dame Tina Lavender will discuss the global health
agenda with a focus on midwifery. "The International Confederation of
Midwives focus for celebrating International Day of the Midwife in 2016 is
'Women and Newborns: The Heart of Midwifery'. At Edge Hill University, the
undergraduate midwifery programme enables students to understand the importance
of an international focus to ensure women and newborns receive the quality care
that they deserve. Professor Lavender's focus will strengthen student midwives'
appreciation of the importance of midwifery care on a global basis."
Edge Hill University has a number of students who have participated in elective
placements in countries such as Ghana, Tanzania, Canada, America, India, New
Zealand and Australia in order to gain an understanding about how midwifery
practice and conditions for women differs around the world.
Lesley Briscoe, Lead for Midwifery Research and Enterprise in Midwifery said the
International Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the contribution midwives
make around the world. "International Day of the Midwife is an annual
celebration of midwives achievements and dedication around the world that aims
to acknowledge experts in the field, and promote midwifery as a rewarding
career. As a leader in her field, it is an honour to host Professor Dame Tina
Lavender who will share stories and observations that will inspire the next
Professor Dame Tina Lavender leads a programme of research in midwifery and
women's health with her main area of focus being the management of prolonged
labour and partogram use. She also holds an honorary contract at St Mary's
Hospital, Manchester and a Visiting Professorship at the University of Nairobi.
Dame Tina is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives and European
Academy of Nurse Science. Dame Tina also acts as a regular Advisor to the World
Health Organisation, particularly in relation to guideline development.