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Philips Avent Scientific Symposium 2019

15 - 16 March, 2019
Berlin, Germany

Proven and practical 
approaches to breastfeeding; 
from hospital to home 

Guest speakers


Dr. Carlos Eduardo Baldo Carlomagno, M.D.

Albert Einstein Hospital, Brazil




Birth and in-hospital perinatal practices that ensure successful breastfeeding

I graduated from Medical School at Universidad de Monterrey, in Mexico and specialized in Pediatrics and Neonatology at Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. I am a medical staff member at the Neonatology Department at Albert Einstein Hospital (Brazil) and I am currently studying for a master’s degree in Health Science.



Dr. Björn Westrup 





Infant- & Family-Centered Developmental Care (IFCDC) in a global systems perspective 

Dr Björn Westrup is a senior consultant in neonatology and founder of the Karolinska NIDCAP Training & Research Center at Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital, Karolinska University Hospital and lecturer at Karolinska Institute.

Dr Westrup is one of the pioneers in field of Infant- & family centred developmentally supportive neonatal care both from scientific and practical aspects. Since the beginning of 1990s he has research experience in clinical randomized controlled trials of the newborn with major focus on effects of parental involvement in the care as well as effects of family centred supportive organisation and architected design of nurseries. Consequently, the Karolinska neonatal programme is one of few with long experience of parental involvement in the care of the newborn 24/7 from admission to discharge with an exceptional daily skin-to-skin contact implementation beginning at birth of the infant. Dr Westrup is currently one of the principle investigators in a large WHO coordinated global multicentre study of the effect on survival by immediate skin-to-skin contact for very low birth weight infants. Dr Westrup has a long and close collaboration with parental organisations and serves in the Scientific Advisory Board of European Foundation for Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI). He is Chair of the Topic Expert Group on Infant- & Family Centred Developmental Care.


Ms. Franka Cadée

President International Confederation of Midwifes (ICM) 



The mother - midwife partnership


Franka Cadée is a midwife and expert on global maternal health with over 30 years’ experience in strategy and policy development, advocacy, leadership and project management. She is known to many for her PhD research work on twinning between organisations of midwives. Franka worked as a practising midwife in an independent group practise in The Netherlands for 25 years and is well-versed in all aspects of midwifery care, of course including breastfeeding.

With her anthropological and midwifery background, Franka has lived and worked across a range of differently resourced countries and is well aware of the realities of midwifery practice in various cultural contexts. She is a strong proponent of gender equity and a human rights based approach to midwifery care.


Dr. Valerio Romano





Optimzing NICU care environment to support breast milk expression and feeding 

I graduated in medicine and surgery at Campus Bio-Medio University and then attended the paediatric residency program at Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Rome. My main interest is in perinatal cardiology. Since 2015 I have been working as an attending neonatologist in the neonatal intensive care unit of Ospedale Fatebenefratelli Isola Tiberina in Rome. Giving birth to more than 60 critical congenital heart defect per year, Fatebenefratelli Isola Tiberina is the referral centre for congenital heart lesion for all the centre and southern part of Italy. Following parents from the diagnosis to the delivery, my personal goal is to avoid unnecessary detachment right after birth, to facilitate bonding and to ensure skin to skin contact after birth even for most critical heart defects, when possible, trying to establish breastfeeding as soon as in the delivery room. Since January 2018, I have followed the “screen to screen” project by Philips, which ensures that every mother and father whose baby is admitted to our neonatal intensive care unit can watch their child from home through an application in their smartphone, as part of our family-centered care environment.


 Dr. Tim Walrave






Breast feeding as a protective factor against post-partum depression 

Tim Walrave is a consultant psychiatrist, since 2008 working at the Ziekenhuis Groep Twente, a two location large district general hospital in the East of The Netherlands.

He is the head of the Mother-Baby Unit of the Psychiatric Department of the hospital.


When a mother develops a serious maternal psychiatric disorder within six months after delivery (post partum anxiety or mood disorder or post partum psychotic disorder) mother and child are admitted to the Mother Baby Unit. Our aim is to treat the maternal psychiatric disorder and to strengthen the bond between mother and partner and child.

In our Mother Baby Unit team we have, next to the psychiatric nurses and the psychiatrist, a musical therapist, a bondings therapist, a child psychologist, a drama therapist, a psychomotor therapist and a social worker.


We also have a day-clinic for pregnant and post partum mothers and we have a large out-patients clinic where we focus on pregnancy related psychiatry, in close relationship with Obstetrics and Gynaecology , Pediatrics and the hospital social workers. 


Tim Walrave graduated in Medicine from the Utrecht University in 1989. He completed his General Practice Vocational Training Scheme in Chester, England, United Kingdom in 1994 and specialized in Psychiatry in 1999 from Utrecht University in The Netherlands. Previosly he worked in the Franciscus Gasthuis in Rotterdam as a hospital psychiatrist. His specialized interest has always been the pregnancy related psychiatry.


 Dr. Sertac Arslanoglu

Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)







Human milk banking; the right to accessibility for every newborn

Dr. Sertac Arslanuglu currently is

  • Director of the Division of Neonatology and

Administrative Director, Department of Pediatrics at İstanbul Medeniyet University, School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

  • Vice President of European Milk Bank Association (EMBA)
  • Scientific Coordinator and Component of the Board of Directors  - Italian Association of Human Milk Banks (AIBLUD)

Her main field of research is neonatal nutrition, human milk, human milk fortification, human milk banking, methodologies of preterm infant feeding, and prebiotics/probiotics/microbiota. After 10 years of experience working in Northern Italy, mainly in Milan; in December 2011 she moved back to Izmır, Turkey by invitation, primarily to establish human milk banking in this country.

During her stay in Italy she worked with Professor Moro mainly as a neonatologist responsible for nutritional management in NICU and as the Coordinator of Nutritional Research at the Center for Infant Nutrition of Macedonio Melloni Maternity Hospital, University of Milan. She also collaborated with Turin and Modena Universities as a consultant on neonatal nutrition and research. In 2008 Prof. Arslanoglu became an active ESPGHAN member. In 2009 she has been nominated as a component of Working Group on Nutrition of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine.  In 2010 she acted as one of the founding members of European Milk Bank Association.

At the end of 2011 she was appointed as the Chief of the Division of Neonatology at Children’s Hospital in İzmir. She worked hard and established the first human milk bank there in Turkey in 2013, but due to some reasons the established bank could not been opened officially. This project has now been embraced by İstanbul Medeniyet University where Professor Arslanoglu is affiliated.

Professor Arslanoglu had the academic degrees of Associate Professorship in 2009 and Full Professorship in 2015. She is acting now as a lecturer at İstanbul Medeniyet University School of Medicine and is the Head of the Division of Neonatology at the University Hospital. She acted as organizer and/or scientific secretary in many international and national scientific congresses; participated to more than 60 international congresses as an invited speaker and moderator. She has 150 international and national publications and book chapters. Her publications have 4128 citations and her h-index is 28.


Dr. Marlies Rijnders




Continuity of care; breastfeeding support as a key component in transition to community care

Marlies Rijnders graduated as a midwife in 1989 and subsequently worked as an independent midwife in the Netherlands for 10 years. In 1999 she started working as a midwifery researcher at TNO in Leiden, a nationwide institute for applied research.

She conducted several research projects in Dutch midwifery care, with a focus on interventions in primary care which contribute to physiological pregnancy and birth (f.e. ECV, amniotomy at home to induce labour in post-term pregnancy), postpartum care, group antenatal care and women’s experiences. In 2011 she obtained her PhD.


In 2011 Rijnders introduced group antenatal care and group youth health care in the Netherlands and is the initiator of and now consultant for the Dutch Centering foundation which aims to further implement, develop and evaluate group care. She is active in several (inter-) national research collaborations and board member of the Group Care Global foundation.


Dr. Michael Abou-Dakn



40 years of father in the obstetrical - helpful or rather counterproductive?

Chief physician for gynecology at the St. Joseph Hospital in Berlin, Prof. Dr. med. Abou-Dakn has over 30 years of experience in maternity and antenatal care, especially in high-risk births, pelvic births, twins, etc. As the first chairman of the WHO / UNICEF initiative "Baby Friendly Hospital" and member of the National Nursing Commission Germany, he is also a breastfeeding specialist. Achievements include authorship on books and numerous publications for research in breastfeeding and lactation challenges such as mastitis, women’s health extending into bleeding and postmenopausal challenges, and a particularly unique perspective of the role of the father, and bonding with the infant.


Ms. Bettina Kraus



Lactation support; from hospital to home

Bettina Kraus is a midwife and lactation consultant living in Berlin. She has been working in the obstetric department of St. Josephs Hospital for 6 years now. Besides her daily routine in the maternity ward supporting mothers with early breastfeeding problems, she is also responsible for the walk-in-clinic for breastfeeding. Bettina assists the St Joseph`s quality management team and is involved in the hospitals certifications management.


During the International breastfeeding week, Bettina organizes special events and is involved in other public relations activities. She regularly gives training for St Joseph´s staff as well as offering informative meetings for soon to be parents. In St Joseph´s hospital she is closely connected with her colleague from the pediatrics clinic which includes specialized work for the NICU.


Bettina is also a Study Nurse. Her special interest is in diabetes and the effects of antenatal breastmilk expression. She educates pregnant women with diabetes on how to collect colostrum in advance during the last weeks of pregnancy, giving it to the newborns lowering their risk of hypoglycemia. Another interest of hers is the effect of a C-section on breastfeeding and considering what is the best care method for women who have had one.


Before her time at St Joseph`s she was working as a self employed midwife in her community. In this culturally diverse setting she worked with lower income mothers and also underaged mothers.