ILCA Conference Speaker Highlight: Nils Bergman

During the weeks leading up to the 2013 ILCA Conference, we will be highlighting a number of conference speakers.  Watch this space every Thursday for more profiles.

nilsWe are so pleased to have Dr. Nils Bergman as one of the speakers at our conference in Melbourne in just a few short weeks.

Dr. Bergman calls himself a Public Health Physician, and currently promotes and researches skin-to-skin contact on a fulltime basis. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a research affiliate of the South African Medical Research Council.

Dr. Bergman was born in Sweden and raised in Zimbabwe, where he also later worked as a mission doctor. He received his medical degree (MB ChB) at the University of Cape Town, and later a Masters in Public Health at the University of the Western Cape. During his years in Zimbabwe, he completed a doctoral dissertation (MD, equivalent to PhD) on scorpion stings. He has worked in rural South Africa, Zimbabwe and Sweden, and his last posting was Senior Medical Superintendent of Mowbray Maternity Hospital in Cape Town, overseeing 18000 births per year.

He enjoys sharing the wildlife of Africa with his wife and three youngsters.

Dr. Bergman will be presenting two plenary sessions at this year’s conference. At 9:00am on Friday, July 26, he will share with us about “The Neuroscience of Birth and Breastfeeding”. In addition, at 3:00pm on Sunday, July 28, he will help us wrap up our conference with a session entitled “The Neuroscience of the Global Public Health Imperative”.

He will also be presenting two sessions where he encourages attendees to focus on the most basic of baby’s needs. Plan now to attend the following sessions:

Clinical Best Practice Workshop on Thursday, July 25

  • 8:00am: Practical Aspects of Skin-to-skin Contact and Breastfeeding

Concurrent Session on Friday, July 26

  • 4:00pm: Theory on Feeding Frequency

For more information about our upcoming conference and to register, please visit the Conference Page on our website.

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