Summary of the 25th European Congress of Perinatal Medicine (ECPM)

ECPM Maastricht

In the middle of June 2016, healthcare professionals from about 80 countries in the field of perinatal medicine met at the European Congress of Perinatal Medicine (ECPM) in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The meeting was organised by the European Association of Perinatal Medicine (EAPM). EFCNI very much appreciated to be co-organising partner of this year’s congress.

The conference consisted of a great offer of more 125 oral presentations in pre-courses, plenary and parallel sessions. Participants also presented their data in more than 500 poster presentations.

In the conference, professionals were updated on all important issues in the field of perinatal medicine, e.g. preconceptional counseling, genetics and prenatal diagnosis, high-risk pregnancies and deliveries, neonatal delivery management, problems of preterm and term infants, ethical issues, and follow-up. Further discussed issues were the fetal alcohol syndrome, midwivery, home deliveries, and comparative perinatal data from the countries of the European Union (EuroPeristat).

Congress participants came from 79 countries all over Europe (76 percent), Asia (16 percent), North America (3 percent), Latin America (3 percent), as well as Australia and New Zealand (2 percent). Most of them were physicians (39 percent), faculty members (14 percent), fellows and residents (12 percent), nurses and midwives (7 percent), sponsors and exhibitors (6 percent), or EAPM national societies members (1 percent).

EFCNI hosted a parallel session on Mother and newborn hospitals of the future. Nearly all seats were occupied and a lively discussion developed after the very well prepared and captivating presentations. We very much appreciated the contribution of the speakers and sincerely thank them for their commitment. Professor Dominique Haumont from Belgium gave a talk on Rebuilding a mother and child hospital: challenges and opportunities, Thilo Mohns from the Netherlands spoke about Implementing family-centred private rooms in the NICU, and Professor Liisa Lehtonen from Finland reflected the question Developing close collaboration between parents and staff – how to change our daily routine? On the third day of the congress, Silke Mader gave a talk on Family perspectives on neonatal intensive care.

Next to the great offer of keynote lectures, symposia, and sessions, visitors could inform themselves at the congress exhibition and by a special app. EFCNI and our campaign Socks for Life were also represented in the exhibition hall. We very were happy to welcome Gert van Steenbrugge from the Dutch parent organisation Vereniging van Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VOC) to join us at our booth for one day.

We distributed brand new information material, such as a factsheet on Welcoming the family in the neonatal intensive care unit and Breastfeeding. The Socks for Life campaign claims were displayed on six eye-catching ceiling banners in the congress hall. We very much enjoyed meeting interested visitors who came by our booth. Again, the congress was a great networking opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues.

We warmly thank the EAPM for the close collaboration during the congress organisation, MCA Scientific Events, and the scientific committee of the congress for their support.


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