To mark International Women’s Day on March 8th – the 2015 theme of which is ‘Make It Happen’ – and NHS Change Day on March 11th, Doula UK will be giving away 10 delegate places at ‘Positive Birth. Supporting Families: The 2015 Doula UK Conference’ to deserving recipients who are making things happen to improve women & families’ experience of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.
This offer is open to student midwives, doulas and anyone volunteering to make a difference and improve women & families’ experience of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. Applicants can put themselves forward or can be nominated by others.
‘Positive Birth. Supporting Families: The 2015 Doula UK Conference’ is on March 24th – in the middle of World Doula Week – in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. This exciting day for birth rights activists, feminists, midwives, breastfeeding supporters, doulas and anyone interested in supporting birth and new families will be chaired by Sheena Byrom OBE.
This year the speakers are:
- International advocate for skin to skin and kangaroo mother care, Jill Bergman, talking about supporting the practical needs of the newborn with a view to the neuroscience.
- Midwifery researcher and co-editor of ‘The Roar Behind the Silence: why kindness, compassion and respect matter in maternity care’, Prof Soo Downe OBE, talking about bringing humanity back to birth.
- Midwife Mark Harris RM RN talking about the power of language in the birth space.
- BirthRights founder, Doula UK Director and ‘All That Matters…’ author Rebecca Schiller talking about supporting birth and infant feeding as a feminist.
- Doula Michelle Every, talking about supporting every birth, including where parents experience loss.
- Cartoonist author of The Food of Love: your formula for successful breastfeeding’ and ‘Bump: how to make, grow and birth a baby’ Kate Evans.
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the person being put forwards, their contact details and a short statement (less than 100 words), as well as your own name if you are nominating someone else. Applicants should be available to attend the conference and able to make their own way there.
Five delegate places will be awarded on International Women’s Day (March 8th) and five on NHS Change Day (March 11th). Applications received before March 6th will be considered for the first round of places. All applications received before March 9th will be considered for the second round of places. All applications must be received before March 9th.