Dubai, UAE:  The relationship between neonatologists and midwives in the GCC needs to be developed further in order to collectively address ailments affecting new born and prematurely born babies. The role of a neonatologist and midwife are complementary, and further cooperation and communication in the region is desperately needed.


Neonatologists have a wealth of knowledge surrounding new born babies, the conditions, diseases, challenges and treatments relevant to that period of time in a new-born’s life. Midwives work closely with the mother and are experts in natural birth, and are involved in partnership with obstetric colleagues in almost every birth. Therefore it is of utmost importance that further communication and teamwork is encouraged between the two professions.


According to Dr Sulaiman Alsaad, Consultant Neonatologist, Head of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Alsalam International Hospital, Kuwait, “The current relationship between midwives and neonatologists needs a lot of improvement and the development of trust is crucial. Unfortunately the common misconception amongst most neonatologists is never to disclose information, which in turn prevents the midwives from further improving their skills in handling any neonatal conditions regardless of their constant close proximity to the mother and child.”


Dr Alsaad will be speaking about the importance of developing a relationship between neonatologists and midwives at the Midwifery Conference at the Obs-Gyne Exhibition and Congress organised by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions that will take place from 29-31 March 2015 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. 


Women with complicated pregnancies are need of the advice and support of midwives, in addition to the specialists, to help them achieve a healthy and natural birth.  Midwives can also offer public health advice on nutrition, breastfeeding and postnatal issues. 


“Ideally the relationship between midwives and neonatologists should be created and built in trust, and both parties should complement each other. This will not be achieved without educating the neonatologist communities as well as encouraging midwives to be more involved in their activities and participate actively in breaking the ice,” highlights Dr Alsaad.


Dr Alsaad recommends the creation of workshops, and further training for neonatologist and midwives in how they can have further appreciation for GCC cultures surrounding mothers and births.  It is also essential to incorporate the parents and provide them with enough awareness and knowledge of the circumstances surrounding their new-borns.


The relationship between neonatologists and   midwives in the Middle East     needs to be developed further in order to collectively address ailments affecting new born and prematurely born babies.   Obstetrics and Gynaecology   .

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