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Saraswathi Vedam

MANA CAM 2017 Speaker

Biography

Professor Saraswathi Vedam RM FACNM MSN Sci D (h.c.) is Lead Investigator of the Birth Place Lab, at University of British Columbia. She has also been a clinician and educator for over 30 years. Her scholarly work includes the CIHR-funded Canadian Birth Place Study examining attitudes to home birth among maternity care providers; and Changing Childbirth in BC, a provincial, community-based participatory study of women’s preferences for maternity care. She leads the US Birth Place Mapping Study on integration of midwives, and the Giving Voice to Mothers Study that explores maternity experiences among women of color, and those who plan home births. To apply her findings to pragmatic tools that improve quality and safety, she developed MAPi, the Movement and Pulse index for assessment of fetal well-being, and the quality measures: the Mothers’ Autonomy in Decision Making (MADM) scale and the Mothers on Respect (MORi) index. Professor Vedam has been active in setting international policy on place of birth, midwifery education and regulation. She convened 3 national Home Birth Summits, and chaired the 5th International Normal Labour and Birth Research conference in Vancouver. Saraswathi Vedam is the senior advisor to the MANA Division of Research.

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