Every three years, the German Midwives Association (DHV) holds Europe’s biggest midwives’ congress and this year’s meeting from May 2-4 is being held under the motto “Midwives’ Knowledge – Strengthening for the Future” in Hamburg’s CCH. At present, professional-political issues from liability to the state of German clinics are high on their agenda as well as the latest medical findings and midwives’ experiences.
Speech by the president of the association
Over 2,500 delegates at the conference can exchange views, gain more knowledge and discuss a whole range of issues relating to the midwifery profession. Diverse plenary sessions on the situation of midwives in permanent jobs in clinics and the work of midwives on a global scale or working with refugees are also on the agenda. Martina Klenk, President of the Midwives Association, is to give a closing address on the future of the profession and focus on solutions for some hot topics at present.
Current issues in midwifery
Commenting on the issues facing midwives today, Klenk said: “The main question being asked at the congress is: how do we wish to situate midwives in our health system in future?”, adding, “We expect to gain new insight at the congress for our professional practice and to form new, closer alliances for tackling problems facing the profession.”
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