205885 Specific needs of HIV infected women during the perinatal period: How do midwives in South Africa meet these challenges

Monday, November 9, 2009: 1:10 PM

Jennifer Dohrn, DNP , School of Nursing, Columbia University, New York, NY
Midwives in South Africa are central to providing competent and compassionate care to childbearing women, as the main healthcare providers from pregnancy through the postpartum period. The HIV/AIDS epidemic challenges midwives to redefine the scope of midwifery practice, as prevention, diagnosis and appropriate treatment enter the range of midwifery management. The presenter has worked with midwives in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape on the complex issues faced by the midwifery profession: revision of curriculum to integrate HIV comprehensive care; midwifery management in the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum period; primary health issues for women with HIV; and task-shifting within the healthcare team to enable midwives a greater role in care, such as nurse-initiated ARV treatment. She will address the critical challenges that midwives encounter regarding HIV in the perinatal period.

Learning Objectives:
Define the changes in midwifery practice brought by the management of HIV infection in pregnant women in developing countries.

Keywords: Midwifery, HIV/AIDS

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: the work I will present reflects my own experience and analysis of these issues.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.