Commitment details

Information about the commitment

Submission number 1334850860383-1518
Submission date
  • 19-Apr-2012
Owner of the commitment European Midwives Association
Name of the organisation's representative in the forum Susanne Simon
Name of the affiliated Umbrella Organisation or Federation
Title of the commitment Raising awareness of harmful alcohol consumption during pregnancy
Commitment summary Midwives are gatekeepers and can play an essential health promotion and disease prevention role in the provision of preconception and antenatal care in order to reduce alcohol related harm. Through the commitment to the mission of EAHF, EMA is dedicated in working through its members for them to influence national health policies that support midwives' activities in working closely and effectively with women, in order to reduce and avoid the adverse effects of hazardous alcohol consumption.
To increase the awareness of harmful alcohol consumption during pregnancy and in order to provide evidence based advise to women and their families, midwives need to be regularly updated with developments of the European alcohol policy.

EMA will enhance the distribution of information amongst its members through a number of activities on an ongoing basis:
a) Dissemination of information and up-dates on developments of European alcohol policy through EMA website and newsletter
b) Setting alcohol and pregnancy as one of the main key topics at EMA's General Meeting 2012
c) Collaboration with EAHF members and other interested stakeholders especially patients organsisation
Link to further information relating to the commitment http://www.europeanmidwives.eu
Forum members, associated with the commitment
Partners, associated to the commitment

Contact Point

Contact name Susanne Simon
Organisation European Midwives Association
Title/Position Vice-president
Address
Postbus 2001
3500 GA Utrecht
Netherlands
Tel 0031(0)30 282 31 00
Fax 0031(0)30 282 3101
Email susanne.simon@berlin.de
If the commitment is implemented in more than one Member State indicate for each country the name of the national contact point

Information about the commitment

Background to the commitment (if any) Results of a survey undertaken by EMA 2009 showed that discussion about alcohol related harm with women and their partners is a common practice undertaken by midwives during pregnancy. During the first antenatal visit midwives ask women to consider a number of health promoting provisons including lifesytyle changes as alcohol abuse. However it was not asked specifically what antenatal advice was given to expectant mothers about alcohol related harm during pregnancy. With the enhancement of distribution of information about European alcohol policy through a number of activities EMA will increase knowledge around alcohol and pregancy and wants to advocate for the establishement of national evidence-based guidelines.
Priority areas
  • Develop efficient common approaches to provide adequate consumer information
Baseline EMA has been raising awareness of harmful alcohol consumption among its members due to the prior committment to EAHF 'Acertain the education and practice of midwives...'
Start date Mar-2012
End date
Expected interim date
  • 28-Feb-2013
Final report date
  • 28-Feb-2014
Member states
  • EU
Other concerned countries

Commercial communication

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Consumer information

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Counseling

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Education

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  • Staff / professionals/policy makers
  • parents/families
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  • web sites
Description a) Developing EMA's website and newsletter affords a more constructive and effective tool in providing members with the most updated information and information in follow-up to the meetings of EAHF. This with request for national information on good reaserach guideleines and sharing research will keep alcohol abuse on the radar of midwives. b) Setting alcohol and pregnacy as main key topic at EMA's upcomming General Meeting, September 2012: Invitation of the chair of EAHF Mrs. Spanou as a keynote speaker in the plenary session . Information about current national research initatives in relation to reduce alcohol related harm which was collected due to the prior commitment and results will be presented in a workshop during this meeting. c) As an active member of EAHF, EMA attended the 1st working meeting around Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) on 8/12/2011 in Brussels.

Media

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Youth involvment

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Treatment

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Commitment activities in the following Member States

Commitment activities in the following Member States

Information on monitoring

Objectives - Increased activities around alcohol and pregancy amongst midwives in EMA's member states
- improved knowledge about new developments in European Alcohol Policy and evidence based information
- improved awareness amomong expectant mothers and midwives about FAS
Relevance (i.e. how will the commitment contribute to achieving the aim of the Forum ?) Increased awareness of harmful and hazardous alcohol consumption pre-pregnancy and during pregnancy will reduce the harm to the unborn baby, neonatal morbidity, maternal morbidity and mortality. On the national level EMA's member associations are encouraged to inspire research around this area of midwifery practice, also including other stakeholders when evaluating outcomes or team care. In the current health policy climate, midwives are increasingly alert to their role in providing Public Health care and addressing the wider determinants of health. The education programmes, and in future potentially the specific competences, in midwifery are harmonised under the Directive 2005/36/EC and EMA is actively engaged with this process. Substance abuse by health eduaction, promotion and prevention will be an important component.

Input indicators

Number of people involved
Time spent (Man/hours)
Cost (please indicate in €)
Other Website and newsletter information with regularly updates
General Meeting - costs manpower, conference facilities, travel costs
Conceptual work on voluntary basis from EMA board members

Information on monitoring

Number of people reached
Number of people in the target group reached
Number of participants in different activities
Web site visitors
Number of products
Number of pamphlets/adverts
Established number of contacts
Other 25 member organsiations recieving newsletter
at least 40 participants at GM from 25 member associations
website visitors

Outcome and impact

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Evaluation details

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  • Internal evaluators
Type of methodology
  • Questionnaire

Details about the monitoring report

Title of the commitment
Raising awareness of harmful alcohol consumption during pregnancy
Name of the Forum member organisation owning the commitment
European Midwives Association
Name of the Forum member organisation owning the commitment
European Midwives Association
Is this a report for an ongoing commitment or a final report?
INTERMEDIATE
What is the time period covered by this report (in the case of a final report, the reporting period is the life span of the commitment)?
2015-2016
Point of contact for the commitment (the person authorised by the organisation owning the commitment who can be contacted for information about the commitment):
SIMON Agnès - European Midwives Association
2001, Postbus
3500 GA Utrecht
Netherlands
0031(0)30 282 31 00
0031(0)30 282 3101
susanne.simon@berlin.de
Commitment summary (based on summary given in original commitment form):
Midwives are gatekeepers and can play an essential health promotion and disease prevention role in the provision of preconception and antenatal care in order to reduce alcohol related harm. Through the commitment to the mission of EAHF, EMA is dedicated in working through its members for them to influence national health policies that support midwives' activities in working closely and effectively with women, in order to reduce and avoid the adverse effects of hazardous alcohol consumption.
To increase the awareness of harmful alcohol consumption during pregnancy and in order to provide evidence based advise to women and their families, midwives need to be regularly updated with developments of the European alcohol policy.

2015 -2016 Strategy
EMA will enhance the distribution of information amongst its members through a number of activities on an ongoing basis:
a) Dissemination of information and up-dates on developments of European alcohol policy through EMA website and newsletter
b) Work with the member states associations during 2015 and 2016 on developing tools locally:
- Teaching students the specific clinical approach to pregnant women and alcool (information, assessment, support)
- helping midwives to inform about alcohol related harm during pregnancy and to assess the consumption of pregnant women
- having a network of professionals that can support the pregnant woman and mother with their alcohol related problems when identified
c) Circulate the international charter on prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (the charter is already available in English and French)
d) Share examples of good practice through EMA's web site
e) To encourage, prompt national association to increase the participation of the midwives in forum, workshops, policy making groups regarding alcohol and pregnancy at national level
f) Setting alcohol and pregnancy as one of the main key topics at EMA's General Meeting 2016 (a half-way update at the GM in 2015)
g) Collaboration with EUAHF members and other interested stakeholders especially patients association
Web site/s relating to the commitment
http://www.europeanmidwives.eu
Description of the implementation of the commitment
Implementation the strategy 2015-2016 of the commitment will start end of 2014
Objectives (cf. sections 4-5 of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter): in which way and to which extent have the objectives set out in the original commitment form been achieved in the reporting period?
Implementation the strategy 2015-2016 will start end of 2014
Relevance (i.e. how did the commitment during the reporting period contribute to achieving the overall aims of the Forum - cf. section 3 of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter)
Implementation the strategy 2015-2016 will start end of 2014
Input indicators (resources allocated to the commitment ("What was done to put the objectives into practice?") - cf. section 5a of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter)
An expert on alcohol related harm during pregnancy will work with EMA as an adviser.
Implementation of the 2015-2016 strategy will start end of 2014
Output indicators (measure from a quantitative point of view the results created through the use of inputs ("What was achieved with the resources allocated to the commitment") - cf. section 5b of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter)
Implementation of the 2015-2016 strategy will start end of 2014
Outcome and impact indicators (how successful has the commitment been during the reporting period in relation to the original objectives - cf. section 6 of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter. These indications go beyond the minimum agreed requirements to monitor a commitment, and it is expected that this type of evaluation will not be carried out for all commitments.)
Short term
Medium term
Long term
Other
Evaluation details (tools and methods used, internal or external evaluators...)
Implementation of the 2015-2016 strategy will start end of 2014
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Dissemination (How were the results of the commitment disseminated?)
Implementation of the 2015-2016 strategy will start end of 2014
References to further information relating to the monitoring of the commitment
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