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Autonomy in birth and early motherhood - how do women choose what's best for them?
In a fast-paced society where we care used to a certain amount of control over our choices, how do women navigate the complex field of choices in the birthplace: where to have your baby, what pain management options there are, scans, tests, antenatal classes, so many decisions to make. And then the minefield of motherhood, feeding, sleep, and finding a new place in the world, newly-labelled as 'mum.' Our speakers will be discussing some of these choices, and the impact of one decision on the next, how midwives and doulas can support this decision-making, and where new parents can go for help.
Denis Walsh is Associate Professor in Midwifery, University of Nottingham. He was born and brought up in Queensland, Australia but trained as a midwife in Leicester, UK and has worked in a variety of midwifery environments over the past 30 years. He is now Associate Professor in Midwifery at the University of Nottingham and his research interests are in normal labour and birth, midwifery-led models and midwifery-led units. He had written extensively in these areas over the last 20 years. He lectures on evidence and skills for normal birth internationally and authored the best seller Evidence-Based Care for Normal Labour & Birth, now in its 2nd edition.
Becky Reed is an ex-Albany midwife, grandmother, doula, writer and birth activist. She recently published her first book: Birth in Focus: Stories and photos to inform, educate and inspire. She is currently co-writing a book on the Albany Midwifery Practice, which will also include the story of the NMC’s 3 and a half year investigation into her practice
Vanessa Olorenshaw is a mother of two, the author of Liberating Motherhood, Birthing the Purplestockings Movement, and a breastfeeding counsellor. Formerly a besuited lawyer and law reporter in London, she now rocks the ‘private sphere’ in Kent in Doc Martens. She was a founding member, if not agitator, of the Women’s Equality Party UK and is the author of the political pamphlet, The Politics of Mothering.
Mark Harris is one of fewer than 100 registered male midwives in the UK. He became a registered midwife in 1994 and is also a hypnotherapist, NLP (neuro-linguistic programme) trainer and youth outreach worker. When Mark’s wife of 20 years died in 2009, he decided to explore a new career path and founded birth education programme Birthing For Blokes (@Birthing4Blokes), a unique service providing antenatal classes specifically designed to prepare men for fatherhood. He continues to work as an independent midwife via UK Birth Centres., and is the author of Men, Love & Birth.
Karen is a Breastfeeding Counsellor, blogger, and passionate supporter of new parents.
This session aims to:
- Encourage a range of discussion around how women make decisions during pregnancy, birth and early parenthood, considering what pressures and support will impact on those decisions.
- Help participants to consider different perspectives on maternal autonomy.
- Inspire people caring for women to support informed choice.
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
- Identify common issues where decision-making arises
- Outline some strategies for supporting decision-making and facilitating self-efficacy
- Understand the pressures on women during pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.
CPD: If using this as an NCT CPD day you will need to complete a holistic CPD form and return to Lynn Thompson at NCT. The event itself is half a CPD day. If you also read one of the recommended texts and write a reflective piece, this can make up the other half a day.
Recommended reading list:
Denis Walsh's list of publications is here.
Becky Reed recently published Birth In Focus which is mainly pictorial but has some highly relevant discussion towards the end. This is available at the event.
Vanessa Olorenshaw has just published Liberating Motherhood, and you can get a free sample pdf of it here.
Mark Harris's Men, Love and Birth will also be available at the event.