The care women and babies receive postnatally can have series and ongoing impacts on the well- being and quality of life of women and their families and it's rightly an area of specialty for many midwives.
WHO Postnatal Care Guidelines - Caroline Homer
Professor Caroline Homer is Co-Program Director, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne and Emeritus Professor of Midwifery in the Faculty of Health at UTS. In the last 2 years she has collaborated on a number of studies on the impact of COVID-19 on pregnant women, partners, midwives, midwifery students and medical doctors and more recently on COVID-19 vaccination. She is a member of the Victorian Consultative Council on Maternal and Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality and co-authored the 2020 COVID-19 Communique analysing the indirect impact of COVID-19 on pregnant women. She worked closely with the Australian College of Midwives to develop new free resources for midwives on COVID-19 vaccination.
‘A letter to my daughter’ - Jess’s story - Jess Wood and Sarah Marlowe from PANDA
Presented by Sarah Marlowe – PANDA Training Coordinator and Jess Wood – PANDA Peer Education Volunteer ‘A letter to my daughter’ - Jess’s story - and how PANDA can support your work with expecting and new parents experiencing mental distress and illness.
Best-Practice Bereavement Care - Eliza Strauss
Eliza Strauss is a Bereavement Midwife and Founder of The Perinatal Loss Centre, Melbourne, Australia. Eliza established The Perinatal Loss Centre with Dr Renee Miller, Perinatal Psychologist, to provide perinatal loss education and support to health professionals who work closely with bereaved parents following a pregnancy loss or after the death of their baby(ies). Eliza also works as a Birth Suite Associate Midwifery Unit Manager, and as the Principal Bereavement Midwife in a private maternity hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She holds qualifications in Nursing, Midwifery, and Bereavement Counselling & Intervention, and she has enjoyed a combined career in Nursing & Midwifery for over 30 years. Eliza was awarded the National “Excellence in Bereavement Care Award” (2018) by ACM for her work in the area of perinatal loss in a maternity hospital setting.
Wound Care - Leonie Rastas
Leonie Rastas is known for her C-section recovery advocacy and support. She is a nurse, midwife, author, educator and founding director of ‘Caesarcare’, an online service business helping educate women in post-C-section recovery. In 2010 the Australian College of Nursing admitted Leonie as a Fellow in recognition of her service to holistic healthcare by establishing a holistic health promotion charity in 2005. In 2011 Leonie introduced to maternity units the ‘Comfort Shawl’ and ‘Pocket Hearts’ project to provide keepsakes for parents of stillborn babies. The Red Nose foundation later adopted the project and now supplies Australia wide maternity units. Leonie’s recent achievement is co-authoring the ‘C-section Recovery Manual-Your Body Your Recovery’. In addition, Leonie has designed a variety of medical aids, and her TGA approved wound splint was on the shortlist for the Innovation award at the Australian Healthcare Week Sydney in 2019.
Mothers and Postnatal Care - The MAP Project: Focusing on Support - Lisa White
Lisa White works at Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals as the CMC for Infant Feeding and loves supporting women and their families in the antenatal and postnatal period, as well as providing support and education for staff in relation to breastfeeding and postnatal care. She has been an IBCLC since 2000 and is a RM, RN and qualified Child and Family Health Nurse. Lisa recently completed a Masters of Nursing specialising in Clinical leadership at Western Sydney University. Lisa is one of Western Sydney Regional Coordinators of LCANZ, secretary for the NSW BFHI Reference Group and a member of ACM. Lisa is currently involved in the MAP project with WSU.