M4: Facilitating Collaboration, Improving Care: Anesthesia’s Role in Safe Obstetrics

Wednesday 2 May, 0900 – 1700

25 Years of Dutch Obstetric Anesthesia (NVA)

Centered around Lieve Blancquaert’s intriguing photographs on how the world welcomes its children, this full day course will explore the different challenges and potential solutions to safety and quality improvement in obstetrics and obstetric anaesthesia care.
The Netherlands is well-known for the physiological approach to pregnancy and delivery. The recent transition to integrated maternal care has further optimised collaboration between midwives and obstetricians, but little attention has been paid to the contribution of anaesthesia in delivering safe and high-quality perinatal care.

The current changes in maternal demographics such as age, comorbidities and analgesic preferences require active participation of anesthesia in obstetric care. In this course you will be given the opportunity to recognize anesthesia’s role in safe and high-quality obstetric care,
to identify the different barriers to value-based safe maternal care for women in diverse societies around the world, and to focus on the organisational changes needed to optimise collaboration.

After this session you will:

  • Understand the role of obstetric anesthesia in safety and quality of obstetric care

  • Identify barriers to change and possible solutions in different maternity care systems

  • Learn how to create patient centred maternal care through optimising professional collaboration and by informing, engaging and empowering women and their partners.

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