Dr. Castro, COMP Clinical Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology is pleased
to announce that she is hosting an internationally renowned professor on
women’s health and pregnancy complications from the United Kingdom. Dr.
Gwyneth Lewis is the Clinical Leader for Maternal Health and Maternity
Services, UK and also works for the World Health Organization. She will
be here from September 18-21, 2006. Her itinerary includes the following:
–Monday 9/18 Lunch at Western U-COMP with student members of WHIG,
NOWPA, AMWA, IMC.
–Wednesday 9/20 12 noon, lecture open to all members of the
Western University community, Western U campus, Amphitheatre
II. “”Prevention of Maternal Mortality-The United Kingdom Experience””.
to gain an understanding of how 50 years of the UK Confidential
Enquiries into Maternal deaths has changed clinical and social maternity
practice in the UK.
to gain an understanding of how the UK obstetricians and midwives
in the NHS currently deliver free maternity care to all women, and the
new policies that are currently being introduced.
to understand the use and role of national clinical guidelines
and standardized protocols in delivering UK maternity care
–Thursday 9/21 12 noon, Grand Rounds/CME presentation at Arrowhead
Regional Medical Center. Oak Room
–Thursday 9/21 evening- Dinner/CME lecture for members of
Riverside/San Bernardino County OB/Gyn Society. Arrowhead Regional
Medical Center, Sequoia Room. 6:30-8pm social hour/dinner lecture.
–Friday 9/22 9-10:30am Review of OB cases with maternal morbidity
with Dr Castro and OB/Gyn residents. Also Arrowhead Regional Medical
Center, 6th floor, OB/Gyn conference room.
Short biosketch of Gwyneth Lewis MD, MPh, FFPMH, FRCOG:
Through her work as women’s health advisor in the Department of Health,
United Kingdom and latterly also for the World Health Organization, Dr
Gwyneth Lewis is already widely known and respected by the maternal
health community, both nationally and internationally. She has been a
consistent advocate for improving access to, and satisfaction with, high
quality, inclusive maternal health care services for the benefit of all
women, their babies and families. In particular, she is committed to
addressing the needs of the more vulnerable and excluded families, who
face poorer maternal and newborn health outcomes, to ensure that everyone
in England has a flying start to family life.
Dr. Lewis has extensive experience of policy development, having worked
in a number of key posts in the Department of Health over the past 20
years. For more than ten years, she has been actively involved in the
development of maternal health policy, latterly writing the Maternity
Standard of the National Service Framework for Children, Young people and
Maternity services. During this time she has also been the Director of
the UK Confidential Enquires into Maternal Deaths and a part time member
of the Making Pregnancy Safer team at WHO headquarters in Geneva.
As a consultant in public health medicine, Gwyneth has also sought to
emphasize and address the wider health aspects of pregnancy and
childbirth, in particular the impact of violence in the home and
perinatal mental illness on the health of the family. She is a firm
friend of both midwives and obstetricians as well has having very close
links with all other professionals and organizations who work towards
improving maternal health and social care.
Dr. Lewis trained at UCH and gained wide experience within the NHS before
choosing to work as a doctor in the Department of Health. Among her
higher qualifications, she is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health
Medicine and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and
Gynaecologists in recognition of her work to improve maternity services
for women in the UK. She lectures, talks and writes extensively and has
authored or edited several books and articles on maternal health here and
for WHO. In conjunction with the British Council she has also recently co-
directed two films on maternal health world wide, which are now used
widely to advocate for the reduction of the 600,000 avoidable maternal
deaths which occur in the world each year.