Over 800 Women's Health Experts Meet in Halifax, June 17-21

    OTTAWA, June 15 /CNW Telbec/ -

    WHY:    The 65th 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 800 delegates including obstetricians and gynaecologists,
            family physicians, general practitioners, nurses, midwives,
            residents, medical students and international health experts.

    WHAT:   Five days of sessions covering topics in women's health,
            including the latest research relating to pregnancy, menopause,
            sexual health, contraception, and gynaecology.

    WHEN:   June 17-21, 2009   7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    WHERE:  World Trade and Convention Centre
            1800 Argyle Street,
            Halifax, NS, Canada
            B3J 2V9

    Members of the media are invited to attend this event. Please register
on-site at the main SOGC Registration Desk. For complete event program, visit

    Media Highlights

    New Guidelines for Breech Childbirth
    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    The SOGC will be unveiling new recommendations for Canada's health
professionals relating to the delivery of breech babies. The new
recommendations are a result of the emergence of new clinical research in the
field, and represent a substantial shift in the way Canadian physicians should
approach the delivery of breech babies.
    Dr. Robert Gagnon, one of the principal authors of the new guidelines,
and Dr. André Lalonde, Executive Vice-President of the SOGC, will be available
for comment on the new recommendations and what they mean for Canadian women,
health professionals, and Canada's health-care system.

    The new guidelines will be made available to media at 10:00 a.m. (ADT)
    on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. At this time, a press release will be
    distributed, and Dr. Gagnon and Dr. Lalonde will be available for

    International Women's Health Symposium
    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    This special all-day symposium offers a fascinating and somber look at
the challenges and dangers women face during pregnancy and childbirth in
low-resource countries. Each year, a half million women around the globe still
die from routine, preventable complications of pregnancy and childbirth. The
symposium aims to illustrate effective strategies that bridge the gap between
culture and medicine, by drawing from the experience of a multidisciplinary
group of experts working in the field of maternal health. Anthropologists,
sociologists, economists and lawyers are among the many distinguished keynote
speakers from around the world who will examine this issue, and explore
Canada's role in working to end this preventable tragedy.
    Our featured speaker is Dr. Mulu Muleta. For the past 18 years, Dr.
Muleta has been treating women in Ethiopia who suffer from obstetric fistula -
a preventable complication of pregnancy that causes a hole to develop in a
woman's vagina, creating a passageway between her vagina and her rectum or
bladder. Though virtually unknown in Canada, untreated fistulas in
less-developed countries commonly leave women debilitated, incontinent, and
frequently ostracized from their communities. Dr. Muleta will be joining us in
Halifax to provide a keynote discussion on obstetric fistula, and what
Canadian health professionals can do to help the 2 million women who
unnecessarily suffer from this treatable condition.

    Dr. Muleta and other keynote speakers, including SOGC President Dr.
    Scott Farrell, will be available for comment during the symposium on
    Wednesday, June 17. The complete list of keynote speakers for the
    international women's health symposium is available online at:

    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 www.sogc.org.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Mike Haymes, Media Relations
Officer, SOGC, (902) 440-3263; Natalie Wright, Director of Communications and
Public Education, SOGC, (613) 240-0169

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