Saturday 24th March 2018 * Registration 8am – close 5.30pm * etc.venues St Paul’s, 200 Aldersgate, EC1A 4HD
Exploring 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!
We will hear from…
- Kicki Hansard – When Survivors Give Birth
- Jo Dagustun – Spotlight on Better Births
- Suzy Ashworth – your doula business
- Bridget Supple – trauma and brain connections
- Hilary Lewin and Joy Horner – survival toolkit for doulas
- Rebecca Schiller – human rights in childbirth
- Riga Forbes – mindfulness for self care
- Maddie McMahon – infant feeding support and doulas
- Dr Mari Greenfield – trauma in birth
- Mark Harris – the partner’s role
- Mr Raja Gangopadhyay and Dr Diane S Speier – Holistic Strategies for Protecting Perinatal Mental Health.
- plus a performance of ‘WILD’ (a Birth Project production), and poetry from Dzifa Benson
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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.
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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.
Suzy Ashworth is the Founder of The Calm Birth School and author of The Calm Birth Method, wife and mother of three. TCBS was the world’s first video based hypnobirthing program and is now taught in homes by instructors across the UK. As someone who loves to show women what the possibilities are for themselves, when it comes to birth and then sharing the tools to help them get there, working with close to 1500 people through the online program and many more through sales of the book. It hasn’t been too much of stretch for Suzy to show other pre and postnatal specialists, what they are really capable of achieving in their business’ and then sharing with them the tools to help them to fulfil their dreams too. As founder of The Baby Business School, which shares the practical marketing strategies to help build a business from the ground up Suzy is committed to helping as many pre and postnatal specialists, work with the intention to create more impact and more income in their lives.
Jo Dagustun is a social geographer and has recently completed a PhD on women’s skill and knowledge about birth, especially as it develops over their childbearing careers. Mum of four and AIMS member, Jo is currently working with the Greater Manchester and East Cheshire Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) network.
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.
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.”
Dr 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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