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Professor Sandra Morano

Professor Sandra Morano Professor Morano graduated in Medicine in Naples University and undertook post graduate qualifications in Reproduction Pathophysiology, and in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Genoa University, and in Sexual
Medicine in Florence University.

From 1980 she gained experience in caring for reproductive problems in Health Centres as a consultant gynaecologist, dealing with sexual problems, abortion, and contraception. With Sheila Kitzinger (reknowned childbirth sociologist), Professor Morano promoted the first Italian education programme for mothers, midwives and obstetricians. She attended a Balint group for ten years and focused on reproduction, family, women’s experience of childbirth, breastfeeding, and maternity loss.

She personally underwent a four years psychoanalytical individual training to complete her clinical background and enhance her professional involvement. She is professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Genoa University and consultant obstetrician in IRCCS S. Martino –IST Istituto Scientifico Tumori University Hospital. She created in 2000, and is the Head of, the first Italian Birth Centre, aiming to promote continuity of women-centred care and to reduce CS rates.

Currently she teaches Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Medical School and Midwifery School in Genoa University, and at the Nursing School in Gaslini Hospital IRCCS. Her fields of interest are promotion of health and normality in pregnancy and childbirth, prevention of perineum disorders and postpartum depression.

In addition to research funding grants, Professor  Morano has achieved €50,000 in perinatal education research funding, and has published peer-reviewed research papers. She was leader of many national and regional educational programmes and workshops for obstetrics, pediatricians, and midwives. She was a committee member of the Italian Medical Pedagogic Society, and of the Ligurian Society of Bioethics. She took part in the invited ESF-funded workshop on promoting normality in childbirth, held in Ireland by TCD in March 2010.