Doula, Natural Fertility Instructor and Menstrual Health Coach (Portugal)
Bárbara Yu Belo
Bárbara has been a doula for 19 years. She is a Menstrual and Natural Fertility Educator by the Sensiplan Method, an Hormonal Health Coach by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a Women’s Hormone Health Coach by the Institute of Menstrual Health. She has training in Naturopathy and as an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) therapist.
For Bárbara, topics such as menstrual health and natural fertility transcend areas of study: they are lived experiences, and integral parts of female identity.
Committed to accompanying women and couples on their personal journeys, she founded the Natural Fertility School in 2017, where she organizes mentoring and training aimed at both health professionals and the general public. Through her work, she aims to empower women by helping them feel more confident in their social roles and reach their full potential.
Diogo Ayres de Campos
Obstetrician and Gynecologist (Portugal)
Professor and Director of the University Clinic of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, and Senior Graduate Assistant at the Santa Maria Hospital.
He was co-inventor of the “Omniview-SisPorto” program for the automatic analysis of cardiotocography (Speculum, Lisbon, Portugal, 2006), the clinical records program “Obscare” (Virtualcare, Porto, Portugal) and the obstetric simulator “Lucina” (CAE Healthcare, Montreal, Canada, 2014).
He has an h-index of 40, has published more than 160 articles in international journals indexed in Medline, edited 2 international books and presented more than 300 lectures by invitation at international scientific meetings. He was founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Acta Obstétrica e Gynecológica Portuguesa between 2006-2010, and Associate Editor of the journal “ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology” in 2012-2014.
President of the “European Association of Perinatal Medicine”, member of the “Executive Board do European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynecology” and coordinator of the “European Examination in Obstetrics and Gynecology- evaluation of clinical skills”. Between 2010 and 2018 integrated the “Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health Committee” from the “International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology – FIGO”, coordenating “2015 FIGO guidelines on intrapartum fetal monitoring”. In 2016 as participated in consensus painels regarding “Recommendations on antenatal care”, “Intrapartum care”, and “Reduction of unnecessary caesarean section” of the World Health Organization.
President of the Federation of Portuguese Societies of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, chaired the “National Commission for the Reduction of the Rate of Cesarean Sections” and the “Commission for Monitoring the Emergency Response of Obstetrics and Gynaecology/Delivery Block”.
He is also an honorary member of the “Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists” (2022), from the “Hellenic Society of Perinatal Medicine” (2022) and the “Romanian Society of Fetal and Neonatal Medicine” (2023).
Obstetrician and Gynecologist (Portugal)
Gynecologist and Obstetrician.
From an early age, she developed an interest in the area of pregnancy and childbirth, having done an internship at the Sofia Feldman Hospital, the largest maternity hospital in Brazil, where she deepened her knowledge of the physiology of childbirth.
She took the Breastfeeding Counseling course by WHO/UNICEF and, to acquire tools to provide better emotional support to the pregnant women she accompanies. She took the Doula course by Nurturing Birth.
She believes that health literacy is one of the fundamental pillars of preventive medicine, so she uses social networks and her website to share information based on scientific evidence to contribute to more conscious choices that lead to better outcomes for all.
In January 2024 he released his first book, “What’s going on inside?”, a guide from preconception to postpartum, which aims to combat fears and doubts with a view to a lighter and happier motherhood experience.
Patrícia has a Master in Nurse Midwifery since 2014 and she is a PhD student in Nursing Sciences at Universidade Católica – Portugal. The aim of her research is to develop an intervention program for pregnant women with fear of birth.
She is the author of internationally published scientific articles.
Since 2011, she has been a guest lecturer at the Nursing School of Porto.
She has years of professional experience at ULS Póvoa de Varzim/Vila do Conde, and more recently she became a founding partner of Birthland, whose goal is to provide information and support in the area of pregnancy, labor, postpartum, breastfeeding and parenting. One of the greatest strengths of this project is the need to help women and families make choices for a more prosperous society.
She advocates a practice based on evidence, kindness and respect for fundamental human rights. She believes that the way we treat women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum and the health care provided by institutions reflect the way we value them in society.