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Advancing Midwifery in the Caribbean and beyond

For Release Upon Receipt - May 2, 2017

St. Augustine

The UWI School of Nursing presents a Midwifery National Symposium under the theme, Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life. The symposium takes place on May 3 and 4 from 8am to 3.30pm at the University Inn and Conference Centre and there will be greetings by Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Brian Copeland and a feature address by Minister of Health, the Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh.

Regional and international stakeholders who join the UWISoN in support of the Symposium include the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), the Ministry of Health, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the Caribbean Regional Midwives Association (CRMA) and the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Midwives (TTAM).

Keynote speeches focusing on the importance and practical applications of midwifery will be given by Frances Day Stirk, President, International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and Dr. Rodolfo Ponce de Leon, Regional SRH Advisor, Latin American Centre for Perinatology, Woman and Health Unit PAHO/WHO on The Midwife as an Autonomous Practitioner and Maternal and Perinatal Services – Implications for Midwifery Practice respectively. Panel discussions over the two days will be divided into sessions addressing broad issues like: Maternity Services, ASRH (Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health) on Day 1 and Neonatology and Ethico-Legal Issues with panelists such as Father Clyde Harvey and Lynette Seebaran Suite, Chairperson, Equal Opportunities Commission discussing “Equal Rights of the Unborn – Black, White or Grey Areas” on Day 2.  

For further information, please visit the Symposium website: or call 225-1026 ext. 3004 or For more on The UWI School of Nursing, please visit 


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)