Together in Prague: Moments in History
Our Global Midwifery Twinning Project is linking midwifery associations in Uganda, Cambodia, Nepal and the UK. Yesterday was the first time all four associations had come together since the beginning of the project two years ago.
Gathering a day before the ICM Congress began, at a workshop facilitated by an external facilitator, we began the process of telling our stories, coming to a shared understanding of where we have come from, where we are now and where we would like to go together.
We had to miss dessert in our rush to attend the 'Voices of Midwives' Event in Kampa Park - an attempt to break the World Record for the number of midwives singing together at any one time! 3000 midwives in the sunshine joined in once voice - a spine tingling moment. Here's a little video showing Jacque Gerrard and Cathy Warwick dancing and singing, and two of our friends from Cambodia getting into the groove!Voices of Midwives singing in Prague
|The moment all the twins arrived in Prague - two year's work and relationships coming together.|
|Kiran and Mary reconnecting (Nepal and Uganda)|
|Jacque (England) and Mary (Uganda)|
|Viewing the overview of the project I have put together for the exhibition stand|
|Kiran presented all partners with a special Midwifery Society Calendar from Nepal|
|Sarah and Delicia chatting over lunch (RCM UK and Uganda)|
|Our meal together|
|At the Voices of Midwives Sing-a-long: Jacque Gerrard (RCM Director for England) and me with the Cambodia Contingent: Pros, Lida, Thida and Mme. Ing Rada|
Another theme of our time here has been people borrowing my glasses to read the conference programme, menus and the map of Prague, which has the most ridiculous small print. Here's Mary and Gail sporting my £3.99 specials!
|Amazing flag ceremony - the moment when Mary brought in the Ugandan flag. I cried when Lida paraded with the Cambodian flag - it's so wonderful that they are here|
|RCM President Frances Day-Stirk giving the opening address|
Those midwifery associations involved in twinning have clubbed together for a Twinning Stand in the exhibition. It will be a focal point for anyone involved in or interested in twinning. It proved to be a great meeting point after the opening ceremony, with midwives from Laos delighted to see our twins from Cambodia, swapping business cards and planning to meet up again in due course.
Tomorrow the scientific sessions start in earnest. Linked to Prague's beautiful bridges, tomorrow's first session is 'Bridging midwifery and women's health rights'.There are presentations from all of our three twinned countries so I'll be dashing around the congress centre in an atttempt to get to every one! Hopefully this has given a flavour of this exciting and inspiring event. More blurb from Bohemia in the next installment.
|With Thida and Lida, our Cambodian twins, at the twinning stand|
|Our display at the twinning stand|