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Thomas Prior Hall

4 Merrion Road

Clayton Hotel

D04 P3C3 Ballsbridge


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To mark 100 years of Midwifery Regulation in Ireland, NMBI are hosting a national conference to celebrate the regulation and development of the midwifery profession.

The conference will be held in Thomas Prior Hall, Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on Thursday 22 November 2018.

Car parking rate for delegates – 10 euro (reduced from 12 euro)

Conference Programme:

08.30 Registration

09.00 Welcome and Opening of Conference

President of NMBI - Essene Cassidy

History and Regulation – Chair - Essene Cassidy - President of NMBI

09.10 Midwifery Practice in Ireland for the last 100 years

Key Note Speaker: Breedagh Hughes - RCM N Ireland Regional Officer (retired)

09.40 What is good regulation of a profession

Ursula Byrne - Director of Regulation, NMBI

10.00 A lawyer’s view on Midwifery Regulation

Ciara McGoldrick - Adjunct Prof School of Law and Barrister, UCD

10.20 Resilience and Professional Wellbeing

Jenny Bulbulia - Barrister and PhD candidate, School of Psychology, TCD

10.40 Q and A

10.50 Refreshments, Networking & Poster Viewing

Development of the Profession - Chair - Cathriona Molloy – Independent Advocate, Midwives Committee Member, NMBI

11.15 The Politics of Midwifery Regulation in Ireland: the background to the abolition of the Central Midwives Board for Ireland

Anne Matthews - Professor, School of Nursing & Human Sciences, Dublin City University

11.35 Women’s views and experiences of having their mental health needs considered in the perinatal period

Ursula Nagle - CMS Perinatal Mental Health, Rotunda Hospital Dublin

11.55 The SUPERB Project: identifying interventions to support breastfeeding in the Mid-West Region

Maria Noonan - Lecturer UL and Margaret Hynes - CMS University Hospital Limerick

12.15 Ireland in the 21st Century: Are Neonatal units providing culturally sensitive care to infants born to parents from the Traveller Community? Nurses and Midwives perspectives

Irene Beirne – cRANP, University Maternity Hospital Limerick

12.35 Q and A

12.45 Lunch, Networking & Poster Viewing

Moving Forward - Chair - Dawn M. Johnston – Interim CEO (Director of Midwifery), NMBI

13.45 Driving Forward the Role of Midwives

Key Note Speaker: Dr Sally Pairman – CEO, International Confederation of Midwives

14.30 Q and A

Panel Discussion - Chair - Kathy Sheridan - Journalist, Irish Times

14.45 Dr Cliona Murphy – Obstetrician/President of Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Niamh Healy - Antenatal Educator & Tutor from Cuidiú - Spokesperson for Bump2Babe The Consumer Guide to the Maternity Services in Ireland

Angela Dunne - Director of Midwifery, Women and Infants Programme, HSE

Patricia Hughes - Independent Midwifery/Nursing Consultant – MNE

15:30 Refreshments, Networking & Poster Viewing

The Next 100 years – Chair – Dr Denise Lawler - Chair of Midwives Committee, NMBI

15.45 Student Reflections - A 4th year student from each of the 6 HEIs providing Midwifery Education in Ireland are asked to reflect, following their experience to date, on the future as they see it for Midwifery Services in Ireland

16.15 The next 100 years of Midwifery in Ireland

Key Note Speaker: Professor Cecily Begley - Professor of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

17.00 – 17.30 Poster winners announced and conference close by

Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris TD

5.30pm Event close

GDPR disclaimer:

Please note that there will be a photographer present at the event. If you do not wish to be included in any photography, please contact in advance of the conference.

Similarly, to facilitate networking and shared learning amongst our peers, we are planning on offering delegate lists to all attendees. If you wish to be excluded from this list, please contact in advance of the conference.

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