The sixth annual Doula UK conference will take place on Saturday 24th March 2018 at etc.venues St Paul’s, 200 Aldersgate, EC1A 4HD. It will explore how doulas and other birth and postnatal workers can support survivors of trauma and abuse, and each other.
Join us for a full day of talks, workshops, and socialising, plus a bustling exhibition space and our ever popular Access Fund raffle!
- Kicki Hansard – When Survivors Give Birth Educator, doula, author, doula trainer
- Adjoa Kufuor – Regional Adviser on Gender and Women’s Rights, UNHCR
- Bridget Supple – Antenatal educator and facilitator
- Hilary Lewin – Doula UK founding member and Arvigo trainer
- Rebecca Schiller – Doula, writer, CEO Birthrights
- Riga Forbes – Doula, facilitator, therapist and author
- Maddie McMahon – Doula, author, doula trainer
- Dr Mari Greenfield – Doula and researcher
- Dzifa Benson – writer and performer
- Mark Harris – midwife, birth educator, author
- Mr Raja Gangopadhyay – Consultant Obstetrician with special interest in Perinatal Mental Health
- Diane S Speier, PhD – Psychology BA, Applied Psychology MA, with a specialty in The Psychology of Parenthood
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The event is open to doulas, midwives, breastfeeding supporters, antenatal teachers, health visitors, OBGYNs, other birthworkers, and anyone else who has an interest in birth work! Babes in arms (roughly 0-6 months) are always welcome.
General release tickets are available here.
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Kicki Hansard is an award-winning doula and author with experience in all aspects of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. Since 2002, she has been preparing couples for the arrival of their baby and supported many of them through the birth and postnatal period. Kicki has been working as an international doula course facilitator since 2006, and is the founder of the BirthBliss Aspiring Doula Foundation course. Kicki is currently piloting her new on-line antenatal programme for pregnant women, called Your Birth – Your Way, which is launching in the UK in October 2017. Kicki has trained with the grandmothers of doulas Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus in San Diego as a When Survivors Give Birth Educator and produces Kicki Hansard’s Path to Birth , an educational tool for birth preparation. Kicki is also a chapter contributor to the book The Roar Behind the Silence. Born in Swedish Lapland, the magical land of the midnight sun and northern lights, Kicki moved to the UK in 1990 and has two teenage daughters.
Riga Forbes is a doula, facilitator, therapist, creator of ‘Birth Vision’ courses and author of “Mindful Pregnancy & Birth”. She has a passion for well-being and healing in the field of motherhood and perinatal care, and has channelled her creativity into numerous forms to be able to address issues and work with people in this field. Riga has also studied and deepened her practice of meditation and movement using several techniques for more than 20 years, and is mother of two children born at home. Having trained initially in Fine Art at the London Institute and then as a teacher, in both the Arts and in Steiner education, Riga went on to qualify as a complementary therapist and later as a doula. After her first pregnancy in 2006, she developed her own programme of birth preparation, ‘Birth Vision’, which incorporates mindfulness, dance, visualisation and birth-art. Her commitment has always been to offer nurturing, creative spaces for pregnant women to deeply connect with themselves, with their pregnant bodies and babies in utero, and for mothers to find ‘community’. Alongside writing, she facilitates courses, workshops and groups for women, both during pregnancy and postnatally and also holds ‘Self-Nurture Retreats for Doulas’.
Bridget Supple has been teaching parents about birth, brain development and, more recently, the microbiome, for 15 years at Birmingham Women’s Hospital and for the charities NCT and TAMBA (Twins and Multiple Birth Association). Having trained with the NCT in 2002 she has taught thousands of parents in NHS, NCT, and TAMBA classes since then. In 2012 Bridget was approached by the National Literacy Trust to design and run a ‘Talk to your Baby‘ project within an antenatal class and delivered this as part of the Women’s Hospital classes. This was hugely successful and has now been rolled out to all the hospital Parent Education teachers. As a result of her work at the Women’s Hospital Bridget was invited to speak at the National Literacy Trust conference and subsequently runs workshops for Antenatal teachers, Health Professionals, Birth Workers and Children’s Centre Staff on optimising the start for babies as well as giving regular conference talks across the country. Bridget has also taught in Children’s Centres as part of an Outreach program targeting groups less likely to attend standard classes and developed and delivered a course for BME women in Telford in 2012. More recently she has been running sessions specifically designed for Children’s Centre staff on the microbiome and baby brain development. Bridget also runs the Facebook page “Seeding Baby’s Microbiome” a source for health professionals and parents alike to keep up to date with the latest science and understanding of giving baby the best microbial start.
Adwoa Kufuor has extensive human rights experience on gender and women’s rights as well as broader human rights and humanitarian issues, and has worked with the United Nations in various positions at headquarters and in the field. Adwoa is currently working with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights regional office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Adwoa has served as an Adviser on human rights of women, focusing specifically on violence against women, conflict related sexual violence, harmful gender stereotyping, harmful practices including female genital mutilation, child and forced marriage, violence against girls in schools, and violence against women in detention. Prior to joining OHCHR, Adwoa served in Afghanistan where she worked on strengthening the capacity of the Afghan Bar Association and on women and peace building. She previously worked as a child protection Adviser, an Analyst and Researcher with UNAMID, the African Union and the ground breaking NGO, Sudan Organisation against Torture. Adwoa has also worked in Nigeria to support research, policy work, partnerships and advocacy in integrating human rights within the work of the UN country team. Adwoa has advocacy skills and in-depth knowledge of international human rights law particularly on women and girls and related jurisprudence.
Rebecca Schiller is the chief executive of human rights in childbirth charity, Birthrights, and a reproductive rights campaigner. She entered the birth world as a mother and then a doula in 2010. She’s now a Doula UK member and Doula Mentor, and very occasionally still offers doula support to families in Kent and London. She also writes freelance about birth, parenting and women’s rights for The Pool, The Guardian and other publications. Her book, Why Human Rights in Childbirth Matter, was published by Pinter and Martin in 2016. Her new book will be published by Penguin in April 2018.
Hilary Lewin As a 53 year old woman I am now able to spend us much time looking back over my life as I do looking forward and it feels good. Amongst the many things I have been involved in Doula UK certainly stands out as a highlight. Little did I know as I organised that first meeting what a powerful impact it would have on my life. Not only did I meet many amazing and inspirational woman I also learnt fast and on my feet many useful skills which have rippled through my life to this day. Not the least of them being how to send e mails and use a computer! Yes, it was that long ago we birthed this baby! Now, as an Arvigo® Abdominal Therapist I have the pleasure of working with women of all ages including from the point of recognising the dream for a baby, to conception which is all too often a slow story, through pregnancy, birth and the early postpartum months. I also teach this work internationally and have developed a workshop which addresses a new and personal passion of mine around Menopause. Teaching and treating I am never far from the womb and still do the occasional doula job. My most recent birth was a ‘second generation’ baby – I was at the father’s birth 26 years ago and the magic of being with him as he witnessed his child entering the world was beyond words. To find out more about me take a look at www.hilarylewin.com
Maddie McMahon has been a doula since 2003. She is a Doula UK Mentor and runs Developing Doulas, a Doula UK Approved Preparation Course. She is a founder and trustee of Cambridge Breastfeeding Alliance and also a Breastfeeding Counsellor with the ABM. She has recently retired from her local MSLC after being Chair and then User Rep for twelve years. She recently achieved her childhood dream of becoming a published author with the publication of Why Doulas Matter in 2015. Why Mothering Matters, her next book, is out soon. Her proudest achievement is being mum to boy and girl teens and stepmum to one all-grow-up boy. She lives and works in Cambridge with her long suffering husband, her kids and a small black and white cat.
Dr Mari Greenfield has been a birth worker for over a decade. She was inspired to want to support other parents after her experiences of pregnancy, birth and parenthood. Mari is a La Leche League Leader, a doula and a Doula Mentor with Doula UK, and also works as an academic researcher in the field of maternity. Mari’s particular areas of interest include traumatic births, freebirths, Independent Midwifery, and LGBT experiences pregnancy and maternity services. Mari has just finished her PhD examining the choices women make in pregnancy and birth, when they have previously experienced a traumatic birth. The research followed a group of women throughout their pregnancy, birth, and the early postnatal period, looking both at the choices they wished to make, and how they were supported in making those choices.
Mark Harris is a registered as a midwife and nurse. “I love being around people, always have as long as I can remember; having five sisters and three brothers afforded me plenty of practice and now with 6 children of my own and 6 grand children I have lots of opportunity to indulge my people passion. The choices I have made in my professional life have been shaped by this gregarious inclination. I have trained and worked as a Nurse, Midwife, Teacher in Further Education, hypnotherapist, NLP trainer, out reach youth worker. I still work as a Midwife offering a birth education through the Birthing4Blokes programme (@Birthing4Blokes) – work and play often merge for me. I wrote the award winning book: Men, Love and Birth.”
Diane S Speier, PhD, has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Applied Psychology, with a specialty in The Psychology of Parenthood, both attained in the US. She completed clinical trainings in hypnosis and Integral Regression Therapy completed in 1997. She received her PhD in Women’s Studies at The University of Manchester, UK, in 2002, using her case notes as a birth professional as the data for her research into women’s experience of birth. She practices psychotherapy and hypnotherapy in the south Manchester/Cheshire area, specialising in perinatal psychology, the psychology of parenthood, the psychophysiology of birth, postnatal depression and recovering from birth trauma. Diane is writing a book called The Handbook for the Postnatal Period, a subject that gets very little attention, and the book has an app attached to it called Digital Doula® which launched in November 2013, and is available at the Apple store.
Mr Raja Gangopadhyay is a Consultant Obstetrician with special interest in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. He is a passionate campaigner to provide comprehensive obstetric care for women with all kinds of Perinatal Mental Health illnesses (such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, Schizophrenia, eating disorders/anorexia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders and Tocophobia) during their pregnancy and after the childbirth. Raja provides high quality of care in PMH in conjunction with his multidisciplinary team and has been championing joint approaches to perinatal mental health that take into account infant mental health. He is a well known speaker and trainer in PMH and organises teaching and training for the Obstetricians, Midwives, GPs and other healthcare professionals.
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By choosing to support our event, you will be contributing to the delivery of a full day of meaningful, impactful, personal and professional development, for a delegation of around 250 doulas, midwives, breastfeeding supporters, antenatal teachers, health visitors, OBGYNs and other perinatal workers and thought leaders.
Sponsorship packages start at £350, and we are very happy to consider proposals and new partnership ideas. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are delighted to announce that Dzifa Benson will be performing for us. Dzifa was born in London to Ghanaian parents and grew up in several countries in west Africa. She does four main things – writes, performs, curates and teaches. She is currently studying for an MA on the Text and Performance course at Birkbeck University and RADA. She was also recently selected for the inaugural Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics Scheme. Her poetry, prose, drama, libretti and journalism have been widely published and performed in contexts such as Poetry Review, Magma, Wasafiri, the Guardian, Tate Britain, London Literature Festival, the Houses of Parliament, BBC radio and television and the Courtauld Institute of Art where she was writer-in- residence in 2008-2009. In 2010, she toured theatres in South Africa and the UK with the British Council in collaboration with British and South African poets. In 2011, she was one of ten writers selected to collaborate with 10 composers in the Singing Word opera development workshops at the Royal Opera House and collaborated with composer Gavin Wayte on a recital that was highly commended for the British Harpsichord Society Prize 2013. She was the lead-artist collaborating with a musician and photographer/filmmaker in BBC’s Africa Beyond cross-arts project, Translations. She was also one of twelve poets who wrote and performed on Psycho Poetica, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho. Dzifa is writing a poetry/prose collection about Saartjie Baartman (the Hottentot Venus) and is developing a transmedia project, The Spit of Me, funded by Arts Council England and is an artistic, social and biological exploration of what stories DNA can tell us about identity and migration. She also works as a producer with Renaissance One, supporting, promoting and touring live literature.
It’s really hard to talk about birth without descending into enormous cliches. So we are going to do it with ferocity and comedy. And a glitter bomb. Katie and Laura talk about birth in different ways. They are making a show to challenge that talk, challenge each other and challenge the accepted. WILD is new bold piece of theatre about how we might be using the wrong language when we talk about birth. The show is a part of a brand new project called The Birth Project, a selection of shows/workshops/events that focus on labour, birth, bodies and all that complicated stuff. WILD is part riot, part disco, part rite of passage. Expect comedy, music, loudness and bold talking. And a glitter bomb.
Katherine Woodbury will be back again with her beautiful Beaded Birth Lines. They are a handmade, unique and tactile teaching aid for birth preparation. They can be used in a number of ways: Explaining the stages, physiology and emotions of birth to couples and small groups They are tactile and offer a different, kinaesthetic method for birth debriefing They are great for preparing a child for the birth of the sibling Excellent to use with parents who speak a different language from you and/or the health care providers A great addition for parents with special needs The Beaded Birth lines comes in a pouch with a full guidance sheet with ideas for use and facilitation and a helpful quick glance guide too along with Skype support. For more information please look at my website where you can also get in touch to reserve one or order a semi precious Beaded Birth Line for collection at the conference as they are made to order.
Pinter & Martin is an independent publishing company based in London and distributed worldwide. Our motto is freedom to think. While we specialise in pregnancy, birth & parenting, psychology and yoga, we also publish other subjects, but only books which are very close to our hearts. Incorporating YogaWords.
At Sling School we provide sling training for professionals to help them support others in the safe use of
slings and carriers. We also sell a range of stretchy wrap slings ideal for use from newborn (but which can
also be used as a antenatal support).
Pregnancy to birth provides materials for childbirth education such as printable activities, posters, labour time line banners and labour bead lines. All materials are designed and produced in the UK and used by antenatal educators, doulas and midwives around the world.
NOM NOM SKINCARE is: • Soil Association certified organic • Multi award winning • Handmade in the UK • Gentle and effective • Dedicated to the needs of pregnancy and babies • Created by pre and postnatal therapist Jayne Russell from twenty years of experience • Suitable for sensitive and eczema prone skin • Formulated with feedback from hundreds of mums and mums to be • Beautifully presented • Responsibly produced. The Pregnancy range includes super nourishing Stretch Butter, deliciously scented Relax Oil and the essential Perineum Balm to support through each trimester with stretching skin, relaxation, birth preparation and labour. The unscented Baby range includes multipurpose Baby Butter, protecting the delicate skin barrier and calming sore and dry skin, Baby Oil for soothing massage and easing cradle cap, and Baby Bath to gently cleanse from head to toe. Come and try the range and speak to Jayne about the benefits of working with Nom Nom through her NOMinee partnership.
Placenta Remedies Network is a not-for- profit organisation set up to inform and support expectant parents and anyone else with an interest in the art of placenta preparations to support post-birth recovery. Broad spectrum of information on all remedies, including links to research and articles in the media, plus access to fully certified Placenta Remedies Specialists throughout the UK and internationally.
Mentoring and Nurturing the UK’s Compassionate Birth Workers.
Compassionate Hypnobirthing Teacher Training and ‘Beyond Rebozo’, RCM accredited workshops.
Way of the Koi – Compassionate Birth was born from Nicola’s ten years spent serving society’s most vulnerable mothers and babies as the Specialist Midwife for Mothers affected by Drugs and Alcohol in Hackney, east London.
“I learnt to walk with a foot in both worlds; I brought hypnobirthing and rebozo to mothers who would otherwise have been unable to benefit from these beautiful and nurturing techniques. For many women it transformed their experiences of birth. This affected real change with mothers in receipt of methadone empowered to exercise their rights to birth on the Birth Centre and to breastfeed. When I moved into the role of Community Midwife Team Leader, I brought with me the therapeutic techniques I had learnt in my specialty role; compassionate mindfulness, deep listening skills and the ability to hold space, which had a profound impact on the mothers in my care. I began to join the dots and created Way of the Koi – Compassionate Birth; the practice of kindfulness”
“Meet them where they are.”
AIMS: The Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services
At the forefront of the childbirth movement for more than fifty years:
Working towards normal birth
Providing independent support and information about maternity choices
Raising awareness of current research on childbirth and related issues
Protecting women’s human rights in childbirth
There for your mother. Here for you. Help us to be there for your daughters.
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