In Awe of Birth Conference 2017
Our conference was a huge success and many thanks to all who attended and to our speakers for their fascinating talks.
At our conference we heard from eminent leaders in their fields:
- Amanda Burleigh - Leading campaigner against early cord clamping and Midwife of the Year shared her fascinating knowledge in this area.
- Paul Golden - Do you know your rights in childbirth? As a future mother or birth professional; would you know when to say yes or no?’
- Selina Wallis – A practical session on Rebozo and the latest evidence on fetal and maternal position in pregnancy and birth.
- Mary Stewart - Presented her fascinating qualitative research into vaginal examinations and how to best support mothers in this area.
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All the speakers at the 2017 ‘In Awe of Birth’ KGH Conference work with great respect for the process of birth and during the day’s talks, there will be practical exercises where you can learn new techniques that can be used in your own practices as hypnobirthing teachers, midwives, doulas and birth professionals.
You will be provided with an information sheet with resources and links for further learning and each ticket purchased will include a free copy of the bestselling ‘The Hypnobirthing Book’ by Katharine Graves.
For lunch, we will have a selection of delicious hot and cold food, and teas and coffees will be served during the morning and afternoon. This is the time to network with leading birth professionals, ideal for helping develop your own business or help with decisions about career change or upskilling in your area.
This is an opportunity to increase your knowledge, learn from one another and together move forwards in the birth revolution.
Personally I have never ceased to be moved by the awe inspiring event that is the miracle of birth. I like many others whose work brings them close to prospective mothers and fathers recognise there is still so much to discover and all too often so much of the “normality” of birth is lost due to generic and cost focussed medical process, and a lack of knowledge.
We all need to be constantly on guard to preserve and improve normality.
It will be a fantastic experience.
London Conference - 4th March 2017
The London Conference will be held at Governors Hall in St Thomas' Hospital, South Wing, Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7EH on the 4th March. The conference will begin at 9:00 am and we aim to finish by 4.30pm. St Thomas’ has it’s own car park and is 10 minutes walk from Waterloo Station.
There will be a delicious hot and cold mixed buffet and tea and coffee during the day.
Manchester Conference - 1st April 2017
The Manchester conference will be held in the Main Hall at St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ on the 1st April.
The conference will begin at 9:00 am and we aim to finish by 4.30pm. There is free on-street parking and the venue is a 10 minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station.
There will be a delicious hot buffet and tea and coffee during the day.
More detailed information about the speakers and topics of discussion can be found below.
Amanda has been in Midwifery Practice for over 28 years. Amanda has campaigned for a change in practice from immediate cord clamping to delayed cord clamping and has seen national and international guidelines change to adopt this best practice. She has received several awards for her work.
Amanda will talk about the history of immediate cord clamping and why it came into being and the benefits and the research associated with optimal cord clamping, and the current guidelines.
Read Amanda Burleigh's Bio
Amanda Burleigh's Bio
Amanda has been in Midwifery practice for over 28 years. Although most of her practice has been in Leeds, she also worked as a Midwife in New Zealand, experiencing a very different model of Midwifery care.
Over ten years ago, Amanda began to challenging the practice of immediate cord clamping after realising that this common routine practice had absolutely no evidence base and deprived babies of valuable stem cell enriched full blood. Amanda has campaigned for a change in practice from immediate cord clamping to delayed cord clamping and has seen all national and international guidelines change their guidance to recommend this.
Amanda is a co-inventor of the award-winning Basics/Lifestart trolley which enables vulnerable babies to be ventilated whilst the umbilical cord is kept intact to ensure they receive their full blood benefit. Amanda has written many articles and talked at numerous events about optimal cord clamping and changing practice and fully harnessed the power of social media by participating in an international network of midwives, doctors, birth-workers and parents who share and disseminate the latest in research and education regarding optimal cord clamping.
Amanda has been nominated and won several awards for her work in this area including Midwife of the Year 2015, British Journal of Midwifery and Midwife of the Year 2012, Yorkshire Evening Post. She works with and supports midwives in other countries to enable them to give informed choice and practical guidance in optimal cord clamping.
Amanda will talk about the history of immediate cord clamping and why it came into being. The benefits and the research associated with optimal cord clamping, current guidelines. Best practice and perceived obstacles/myths to delayed cord clamping and ways of overcoming the obstacles and myths, resuscitation with the cord intact, and cord blood banking and ethics.
Paul is a midwife of long standing with international experience and practical knowledge of Human Rights in Childbirth.
His legal work also includes Employment and Regulatory aspects of Midwifery.
Paul’s talk will include, human rights in childbirth as well as the legal pressure on midwives, doulas, doctors and hypnobirthing teachers and how to recognise and stand up for human rights issues.
Read Paul Golden's Bio
Paul Golden's Bio
Paul considers ‘We all know our own bodies and minds better than anyone else. We have all the resources within us when we listen to our inner knowledge or intuition than balance this with knowledge from others such as research. However, much fear appears contagious we do always have choices. We can look at the risks and benefits of doing or not doing something and use the rational mind. We can use intuition. Ultimately, we decide. We say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’
Paul’s talk will include;
Human Rights in Childbirth
Rights of the Woman
UN Committee for elimination of Discrimination against women CEDAW
European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decisions
Montgomery 2015 UKSC
Rights of Hypnobirthing teachers, Midwives Doulas and Doctors
How to stand up for human rights
Mary Stewart worked on the Birthplace Study as a research midwife. She now works as a senior consultant antenatal midwife at St Thomas’ Hospital, London.
The practice of vaginal examinations in labour is already changing and Mary has been in the forefront of this change.
In this talk, Mary will present the findings from a qualitative study that she carried out, exploring midwives’ and women’s experiences of vaginal examination.
During the talk Mary will give advice on how care givers can approach the subject of vaginal examinations with their expectant mothers.
Read Mary Stewart's Bio
Mary Stewart's Bio
Mary has been a midwife for more than 30 years, and is still as passionate about her career as when starting her training.
Over three decades, Mary has been fortunate to gain a very wide experience of midwifery, including clinical practice (predominantly as a community midwife), education and research. Mary now works as a consultant midwife at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust, and feels incredibly lucky to be doing a job that she still loves.
The most important part of her role is in working with women and their families and helping them to access accurate and evidence-based information so that they can make the choices that are right for them. Mary recognises it is a huge privilege to be part of a woman’s life during pregnancy and birth and never takes that privilege for granted.
In this talk, Mary will present the findings from a qualitative study that she carried out, exploring midwives’ and women’s experiences of vaginal examination. For example, the midwives felt that during their training they were poorly prepared for undertaking vaginal examinations. They were taught the practical skill, but they were given little guidance or support about how to discuss the procedure with women – generally, they learnt this skill through trial and error, and by learning from other midwives.
Similarly, pregnant women told Mary that the subject of vaginal examination was rarely, if ever, discussed either during antenatal check-ups, or in parent education classes. As a result, women did not really know what to expect before they went into labour and, significantly, did not always realise that they could choose not to have a vaginal examination. During her presentation, further findings will be presented, and Mary will end by summarising the principles of good practice when discussing the subject of vaginal examination with women.
Selina has 10 years’ experience of Public Health research. Selina is a trained doula and a doula mentor for Doula UK, trained as a breastfeeding supporter and set up a yearly retreat for birth workers in the UK. Selina provides workshops for doulas, midwives and Hypnobirthing teachers on the use of rebozo and movement to facilitate birth.
Selina will provide a practical session on Rebozo as well as discussing the latest and best evidence on the effect of fetal and maternal position on pregnancy and birth and offer a wide variety of easy ideas to support women's movements in pregnancy and labour to reduce the need for induction, augmentation, assisted delivery, caesarean section and other interventions and negative outcomes.
Read Selina Wallis' Bio
Selina Wallis' Bio
Selina is a trained doula and a doula mentor for Doula UK, trained as a breastfeeding supporter and she set up a yearly retreat for birth workers in the UK.
Her workshops for doulas and midwives focus on the use of rebozo and movement to facilitate birth.
Selina has 10 years’ experience of Public Health research, currently at the Public Health Institute of John Moores University in Liverpool in the Violence Prevention and Nightlife Research Team, working previously in NHS commissioning and provider organisations, academic institutions and other public bodies.
Selina has a strong academic background with particular interest in studies relating to capacity building in low resource settings, quality improvement in health and patient experience and involvement
Her work with women, their partners and other birth workers is an art, and part of that is to consciously give love and warmth and meet people’s needs: physical, mental and spiritual; so that they can thrive. She enjoys facilitating connections between people and disciplines and has worked with organisations including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, MatExp, NCT and has presented at several conferences.
Recently Selina collaborated with an interior designer to work on improving maternity rooms.
There is one root cause and one simple solution to the majority of interventions during childbirth. Those are malposition and maternal mobility. Selina will provide a practical session on Rebozo as well as discussing the latest and best evidence on the effect of fetal and maternal position on pregnancy and birth and offer a wide variety of easy ideas to support women's movements in pregnancy and labour to reduce the need for induction, augmentation, assisted delivery, caesarean section and a wide variety of other interventions and negative outcomes. Learn why there is no ideal baby position, the factors that affect why some women birth easily and others have such difficulty, that how we touch women in labour can affect outcomes, and how the birth process is a dance between the mother and baby and we can support partners to join in"