Media Advisory - Over 1000 Women's Health Experts Meet in Ottawa, June 21-26

    OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ -

    Why:   The 63rd Annual Clinical Meeting of the Society of Obstetricians
           and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC).  Leading international and
           Canadian experts will meet to discuss the latest knowledge and
           advances in women's health.

    Who:   Over 1000 delegates including obstetricians and gynaecologists,
           family physicians, general practitioners, nurses, midwives,
           residents, medical students and international experts.

    What:  Six days of sessions covering the latest topics in women's health,
           including pregnancy/childbirth, menopause, HPV vaccination,
           natural child birth, gender testing and much more.

    When:  June 21-26, 2007 - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Where: The Westin Ottawa Hotel, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON

    Please register on site at the SOGC registration desk located in the 4th
Floor Foyer of the Westin Ottawa Hotel.

    Conference Highlights

    International Women's Health Symposium

    On Thursday, June 21st hundreds of Canadian and international
obstetricians and gynaecologists, health professionals, world health leaders,
and NGO representatives will meet to discuss why 20 years of global efforts
have not been able to reduce the number of mothers and newborns dying
needlessly during childbirth. Canadian Dr. Dorothy Shaw, the president of the
International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics and the Honourable
Sylvia Ssinabulya. M.P., Parliament of Uganda are available to speak with

    Access to Childbirth is Declining in Canada

    A declining number of qualified obstetricians and gynaecologists
available in medium to small and rural communities means that the safety of
childbirth is also in decline, along with access to essential services such as
cervical cancer screening. Outgoing SOGC President Dr. Don Davis is available
to discuss what this human resource shortage means for women across Canada.

    Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Immunization

    The SOGC will release new recommendations as part of a national guideline
for Canadian healthcare professionals on HPV vaccination. Produced by the SOGC
in collaboration with national health organizations and multidisciplinary
experts, the new guideline is the product of a comprehensive review of all
scientific evidence regarding the management, treatment, and prevention of
HPV. The guideline will include recommendations for HPV immunization and the
implementation of cervical cancer screening registries. Incoming SOGC
President Dr. Guylaine Lefebvre is available to discuss these new
recommendations on HPV.

    New Early Pregnancy Gender Tests May Lead to Gender-Selective Abortion in

    New mail-order tests now available to Canadians can determine the gender
of a woman's baby just weeks into pregnancy. Outgoing SOGC President
Dr. Don Davis will discuss the ethical questions raised by these tests and
other technological advances that can potentially be misused for the purposes
of selective abortion based on gender.

    "Freebirth" Puts Misinformed Women and their Children at Risk

    Promised a "natural" childbirth experience, some Canadian women are
opting to deliver their baby at home, completely unassisted by a midwife or
other healthcare professional. Outgoing SOGC President Dr. Don Davis is
available to discuss the ethical, legal, and safety implications of this

    About the SOGC

    The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) is one
of Canada's oldest national specialty organizations. Established in 1944, the
Society's mission is to promote excellence in the practice of obstetrics and
gynaecology and to advance the health of women through leadership, advocacy,
collaboration, outreach and education. The SOGC represents
obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, nurses, midwives and allied
health professionals working in the field of sexual reproductive health. For
more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: A complete schedule of sessions open to members
of the media is available on request. For more information, or to schedule
interviews on these or other topics related to women's health, members of the
media are invited to contact: Lisa Robertson, (613) 739-7032; Susan Wright,
(613) 730-2020

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