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The HBA supports, and urges all its members to support, independent midwife Philomena Canning's protest outside the SMA Know How Maternity & Infant Awards, at the Shelbourne Hotel, Friday, November 16th 2012 at 11 am.

Philomena was awarded 2012 "Midwife of the Year" but has declined to accept the award on the grounds that it is completely unethical for a formula company to sponsor maternity related events and improper for health professionals to attend.

The SMA Know How Maternity & Infant Awards contravene the World Health Organisation's Code for the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, a code of practice supported by midwives and maternity hospitals in Ireland.

If you would like more information about the protest or the WHO code, please contact Philomena Canning on 087 2900017.