Centenary of Midwives (Ireland) Act 1918

Historical & Contemporary Perspectives

To mark the centenary of the Midwives (Ireland) Act 1918 and the first sitting of the Central Midwives Board of Ireland on 1st October of that year,

A conference will take place in the Pillar Room to discuss historical and contemporary perspectives in midwifery in 2018

To register for this event please click here.                             Tickets €20.00 each

Summary of Conference Program

8.30 – 9.00 am – Registration

9.00 – 9.20 am – Opening address/Welcome Introduction

9.30 – 11.05 am – Pre twentieth-century maternity

Phil Gorey (University College Dublin) ‘The episcopal and institutional regulation of midwives in Ireland 1615-1828’.
Mike Geary (Rotunda Hospital) ‘Changing childbirth in eighteenth century Ireland’.
Laurence Geary (University College Cork) ‘ “A fat pompous old woman, ignorant, and illiterate”: popular midwifery in nineteenth century Ireland’.
Judy Bolger (Trinity College, Dublin) ‘Breastfeeding in nineteenth-century Irish workhouses’.

11.05 – 11.20 am – Tea & Coffee

11.20 – 12.55 pm – Motherhood supported

Ursula Nagle (Rotunda Hospital) ‘Women’s views and experiences of having their mental health needs considered in the perinatal period’.
Louise Rafferty (Rotunda Foundation) ‘The prevalence of anxiety in pregnancy and at three months postpartum, as reported by nulliparous women in Ireland’.
Heather Watson (Belfast HSC Trust) ‘“Treasure Hunting” – establishing a midwife-led foetal growth assessment clinic to identify the high-risk foetus in the low-risk pregnancy’.
Denise Boulter (Public Health Agency, Belfast) ‘Getting ready for baby – group-based antenatal care and education’.

12.55 – 1.40 pm – Lunch

1.40 – 3.15 pm – The newly registered midwife and maternal care

Ann Louise Mulhall (The Coombe Hospital) ‘The first Central Midwives Board of Ireland: impact and change’.
Anne MacLellan (James Connolly Memorial Hospital) ‘Delivering the district. Ann Lynch, midwife to Oldcastle, Co. Meath, in the first decades of the new Irish State’.
Janet Greenlees (Glasgow Caledonian University) ‘Midwives and antenatal care: the boundaries of responsibility’.
Cara Delay (College of Charleston) ‘Midwives, material culture and childbirth in Ireland, 1890-1950’.

3.15 – 3.30 pm – Tea & Coffee

3.30 – 5.00 pm – Maternal health, social policy and birth control

Margaret Dunlea (Trinity College, Dublin) ‘Midwives voices in Irish maternity care policy documents: the Mother and Infant Scheme’.
Deirdre Foley (Dublin City University) ‘Family planning in the Rotunda Hospital, c.1961-1972.
Catherine Burke (The ORAMMA project) ‘Recruiting, training and supervising Maternity Peer Supporters to enhance perinatal care of migrant women within a multisite feasibility study’.
Malgorzata Stach (Trinity College, Dublin) ‘Midwives voices in Irish maternity care: contemporary developments’.

5.00 pm – Closing address

For further information contact midwives100@gmail.com