Media Advisory - Over 700 Women's Health Experts Meet in Calgary, June 25-29

    OTTAWA, June 23 /CNW Telbec/ -

    WHY:   The 64th 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 and in the practice of obstetrics and

    WHO:   Over 700 delegates including obstetricians and gynaecologists,
           family physicians, general practitioners, nurses, midwives,
           residents, medical students and international health experts.

    WHAT:  Five days of sessions covering the latest topics in women's
           health, including pregnancy/childbirth, menopause, gynaecology,
           cancer, HPV immunization, research, and reproductive technologies.

    WHEN:  June 25-29, 2008
           8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Calgary TELUS Convention Centre
           120 Ninth Avenue SE
           Calgary, Alberta, Canada
           T2G OP3

    Please register on-site at the SOGC Public Education desk located on the
Lower Level, South Building, of the Telus Convention Centre.

    Media Highlights

    International Women's Health Symposium

    On Wednesday, June 25th, hundreds of Canadian and international
obstetricians and gynaecologists, healthcare professionals, world health
leaders, and NGO representatives will meet to discuss advances and challenges
faced by those at the forefront of the battle to prevent six million women and
newborns from dying during childbirth each year. The 2008 symposium marks the
ten year anniversary of the program and is focusing on vulnerable populations
such as adolescents, women with HIV and AIDS, women living in conflict
settings and indigenous women. There will also be a panel featuring
international experts on cervical cancer in the developing world. Experts on
the topic of international women's health, including Frank Kaharuza, President
of Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Uganda, are available to
speak with media.

    Canada's Rising C-Section Rate

    In Canada, the rate at which cesarean sections are performed is at an
all-time high, with one in four children now born by C-section. Not only do
these rising rates mean women are facing slightly more risks of complications
during childbirth, but it is also placing increased strain on an already
stretched healthcare system. SOGC President Dr. Guylaine Lefebvre and incoming
President Dr. Scott Farrell are available to discuss why these rates are
rising, what it means for Canadian women, and what is needed to help reverse
this trend.

    "Morning-After" Pills Soon Available on Pharmacy Shelves

    A recent decision by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory
Authorities (NAPRA) means that, in a few months, Canadians will be able to buy
emergency contraceptive pills directly off the shelves in pharmacies. The
decision, says Canada's ob/gyn society, is an important step to improve access
to this important product, but the group is stressing that emergency
contraception should only be used as a last resort, and should not be relied
on as a primary method of contraception.

    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: Mike Haymes, Media Relations Officer, SOGC,
(403) 671-5613,; Natalie Wright, Director of Communications
and Public Education, SOGC, (613) 240-0169,

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