Thank you for choosing to attend our event!
We will be running two workshop sessions at the conference. Please read about the workshops below, and complete the form at the foot of this page, to let us know which you would like to take part in.
Every delegate will be able to attend TWO workshops. Therefore please let us know which you would like to attend. Please ensure you choose four different workshops, in order of preference.
When you arrive to register on the day, we will confirm which workshops you are booked on to.
Thanks in advance!
Mindfulness for Self Care – Riga Forbes
During this session Riga will begin with a brief introduction to meditation and a mindfulness exercise. This will be followed by a talk highlighting the effects of stress on health and the links between relaxation and breath in supporting others and ourselves. Participants will be guided through breathing techniques and will use the group forum to explore how we can make more opportunities to reduce stress at a personal and professional level. Here we will look at ways of integrating and prioritising a realistic approach to self-care in our lives.
Choices after a Traumatic Birth – Dr Mari Greenfield PhD
An interactive workshop, presenting the women involved in Mari’s doctoral research as case studies. In small groups, doulas will consider the support needs each woman had in early pregnancy, late pregnancy, and during the birth and early postnatal period. The workshop will conclude with a short presentation from Mari, detailing what support she found pregnant women needed, when they had previously experienced a traumatic birth.
Transforming Birthing Culture – Mark Harris
Mark Harris invites workshop participants to think about why birthing culture hasn’t really transformed in the last twenty years and how an understanding of evolutionary biology may give us the insight we need to bring transformation about to support all families.
Birth, Parenthood and Human Rights; Challenges & Solutions – Rebecca Schiller
With growing concerns around the long-term health of families and the challenges faced by parents in their fertile years, Rebecca Schiller facilitates this open forum for birth workers to explore how to support the families they work alongside in choosing care which supports their health and well-being as a family unit in the choices they make during pregnancy, birth and parenthood
A Spotlight on Better Births; Two years on – Jo Dagustun
In February 2016, the publication of Better Births (the report of the National Maternity Review) was warmly welcomed. Having listened to woman and families across England, as well as a range of experts, and drawing on the latest evidence, the Review team (led by Julia Cumberlege) called for a huge transformation in our maternity services, focused on delivering safer, more personalised, kinder, professional and more family friendly services. Similar initiatives are being taken forward in Scotland and Wales.
So what progress has been made in the two years since then? In this workshop, Jo will familiarise participants with the Better Births report and its (rather unwieldy) implementation process. Participants will also have the opportunity to share reflections on how Better Births is faring in their areas. After the workshop, participants should feel more confident to engage in Better Births implementation work in their local areas.