On behalf of the Cork organising committee of the International Stillbirth Alliance Conference 2017, I wish to extend the warmest Céad Míle Fáilte (One Hundred Thousand Welcomes) to our city, country and conference. We invite you to attend our conference and hope that you find the programme educational, insightful, evidence-based, stimulating and meaningful.
The organising committee for ISA 2017 is made up of members of the Pregnancy Loss Research Group based within University College Cork’s Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Cork University Maternity Hospital. This group is made up of a multi-disciplinary team involving obstetricians, midwives, social scientists, epidemiologists, services users, perinatal pathologists, chaplains, educators and researchers. We have worked alongside our partners, parent organisation Féileacáin, the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre, and the INFANT centre at University College Cork to host ISA 2017 and bring this conference to Ireland for the first time.
The organising committee has spent many hours planning, preparing and researching a schedule of events that attempts to meet the individual and professional needs of every delegate. We hope you find our Plenary Speakers inspiring, as they will challenge us as healthcare professionals to constantly strive for excellence in our work with bereaved parents. It is the sincere wish of the organising committee that delegates take time to attend our conference Service of Remembrance and spend time in the Quiet Areas provided for reflection and contemplation.
The committee members have really enjoyed putting together a social calendar, which showcases the best of Cork. We want these social events to provide a relaxed atmosphere for all who attend to share ideas and experiences, and form strong ties between the international stillbirth alliance community.
We look forward to meeting you at ISA, Cork 2017.
Is mise, le meas
Dr. Keelin O’Donoghue