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Priyanka Idicula, CPM, FACCE, LCCE,

  • Speaker Type: , GOLD Midwifery 2022
  • Country: India

Priyanka Idicula is a Certified professional International midwife (U.S.A) and a Lamaze certified childbirth educator(FACCE,LCCE). She is currently the director of Birthvillage the natural birthing centre one of India’s popular natural birth centres and is the managing trustee for birth for change (NGO) India. She also has extensive experience in working in maternity care with pregnant teenagers as part of the Tejus home project one of its kind in India.

She has presented various papers on holistic maternity care and has been the face of India at various international midwifery conferences. She has also been invited to speak as a guest speaker at various nursing colleges on midwifery education and human rights in childbirth in India. She has been honoured with one world birth hero runner up championship in 2011. She has been awarded the "Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to Mother Baby" by Midwifery Today recognising midwifery leadership and in the promotion of birth as normal life event in 2018 at Germany. She has also been awarded the best midwife of the year 2019 at the International breastfeeding conference, India. She is also one of the early pioneers for water birth in India in 2010. She is also the first Asian to win the dual scholarship from Lamaze International She also carries with her Bachelors and Masters in microbiology.

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Midwifery Care of Adolescent Pregnancies: Lessons From India
16 million adolescents give birth in India annually which roughly translates to 100 percent of teenage pregnancies worldwide. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) predicted “India will retain the biggest national adolescent girl population, with hardly any net change from 2010 to 2030 (93 million to 95 million)”. Birth Village, the natural birthing center, is the only free-standing natural birth center with midwife led care based currently in India. In 2012 we formalized our second not for profit organization Birth for Change, and in conjunction with another NGO Dil se, have been successfully running Tejus, a home, the only one of its kind in India for young children who enter pregnancy primarily through violence. We provide a safe space where this section of vulnerable population obtain nourishment, childbirth education and exercise classes, facilitating supportive relationships, birth services and postpartum services. We have also expanded to provide an additional foundling space where the mothers can keep their babies. This presentation provides a look some of our research, including birth narratives recorded with consent, and provides a focused look at the midwifery care of adolescent pregnancies.
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