Five European-based organisations working in the fields of maternity, maternity support, education and research, gynaecology and oncology are working together to reflect upon the quality of the pregnancy/maternity experience for women with cancer.
Il Melograno, Centro Informazione Maternità e Nascita (Italy)
Il Melograno, Centro Informazione Maternità e Nascita is a multi-disciplinary team of gynaecologists, psychologists and psychotherapists, midwives and birth health visitors, fully dedicated to accompany women and their partners in their experience of maternity, from early pregnancy into labour, postpartum, breastfeeding, and early parenting through a range of specialised services ( pregnancy support, yoga, baby massage, breastfeeding support, pastpartum care at home, parent-baby groups, psychological support in case of postpartum distress, counselling, couple and famil therapy, groups for mothers, support to divorced parents). Il Melograno operates in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organisation in terms of humanisation of pregnancy and childbirth.
Mummy's Star (United Kingdom)
This charity focuses on supporting women and families where the
Woman is diagnosed or treated for cancer during her pregnancy.
Woman is diagnosed or treated for cancer within a year of her giving birth.
Family in the first year of a birth lose their female partner as a result of cancer
Mummy's Star represents in the project women with cancer that have been experiencing pregnancy and maternity. Being the only Charity in Europe who works to raise awareness on the profile cancer and pregnancy and represent women needs in Round Table with policymakers and stakeholders.
The International Network on Cancer, Infertility and Pregnancy (INCIP) - University of Leuven (Belgium)
INCIP was founded in 2005 by Prof. Frédéric Amant under the umbrella of the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO) and under the legal entity of UZ Leuven. The international network currently counts members from 96 centers in 35 countries. It registers oncological, obstetrical and neonatal outcomes of pregnant women with cancer and lately also non-pregnant women with cancer in general, including women undergoing fertility-sparing therapy. The INCIP aims to improve cancer diagnosis and treatment in pregnant women by consensus meetings, educational sessions and
S..I.P.Ped.-Societa' Italiana di Psicologia Pediatrica (Italy).
Areas of expertise within the field include, but are not limited to: psychosocial, developmental and contextual factors contributing to the etiology, course and outcome of pediatric medical conditions; assessment and treatment of behavioral and emotional concomitants of illness (also of a parent or a sibling), injury, and developmental disorders; prevention of illness and injury; promotion of health and health-related behaviors; education, training and mentoring of psychologists and providers of medical care; improvement of health care delivery systems and advocacy for public policy that serves the needs of children, adolescents, and their families.
El Parto es Nuestro (EPEN) (Spain)
El Parto es Nuestro is a non-profit association made up of users and professionals who aim to improve the conditions of care to mothers and children during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum in Spain. It was born in 2003 to provide psychological support to women who had suffered C-sections and traumatic labours.