Vedam, Saraswathi

  • Saraswathi Vedam, RM, FACNM, MSN, Sci D (h.c) is the Director of the Division of Midwifery in the Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, and founder of the UBC Midwifery Faculty Practice, Birth & Beyond. Over the last 27 years, she has cared for families in the U.S., the Netherlands, India, and Canada in a variety of private and public health care settings. She serves as chair of the Homebirth Section of the ACNM Division of Standards and Practice, and as Senior Consultant on the MANA Division of Research Coordinating Council. Professor Vedam is a committed educator who has taught in midwifery, medical, and nursing programs universities across North America.

    Professor Vedam has also been active in setting national and international policy on home birth, and midwifery education and regulation, providing expert consultations in Mexico, Hungary, Chile, Canada, and India. She has authored several national clinical practice guidelines and articles on evidence-based midwifery practice in low resource settings. She has conducted studies on professional attitudes in maternity care, participated in the development of the first US registry of home birth perinatal data, and served as host for two highly acclaimed International Normal Labour and Birth Research conferences. Supported by funding from the Canadian Institute for Health Research, Professor Vedam is currently conducting a national, multi-site study to investigate the experiences and opinions of multidisciplinary maternity care providers’ regarding planned home birth in Canada. In October 2011, she was Chair and host for the historic multi-disciplinary Home Birth Consensus Summit.