Lecture on Midwifery to staff of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Unit, Base Hospital Dambulla

A lecture on midwifery, touching the subject on a wider perspective, was organized and delivered by the author on 30th May 2016 to the members of medical, nursing and midwifery staff attached to the Obstetrics & Gynaecology Unit of BH Dambulla at the hospital auditorium.

The history of midwifery including that of ancient Sri Lanka under the patronage of Sinhala Kings, the colonial era and then up to the times of establishment of the De Soysa Lying-in-Home and thereafter the Castle Street Hospital for Women was highlighted. The field of midwifery and the subject matter was discussed on a broader angle including the current role played by the Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and presenting the Sri Lankan scenario from an international perspective. The lecture was also aimed at educating the nursing and the midwifery staff from an occupational point of view so as to enlighten them and to prevent misunderstandings between the 2 professions similar to the issues that cropped up in the recent past (in 2014). Historical anecdotes from the book “History of SLCOG 1953 - 2003” by Dr. Lakshman Fernando and a slide show used by the author during the Safe Motherhood Programme conducted at Dambulla by the SLCOG in 2015 was also utilized to augment the quality of the presentation.

A keen interest and a good response was shown by the participants for the programme.

Dr. Sumith Warnasuriya
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
BH Dambulla