Written with Dr Tracey Cooper this chapter in the recently published book 'Understanding Anxiety, Worry and Fear in Childbearing: A Resource for Midwives and Clinicians' Edited by Kathryn Gutteridge, published by Springer Nature Switzerland. ISBN: 9783030210625 explores the way birth is depicted in the media.
Here's a section from the Introduction:
In August 2017, a storm of media ‘stories’ raged about birth in the UK. Had the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) dropped the use of the term ‘normal birth’ despite the fact that normal birth is universally used to define a midwife’s scope of practice?. Were midwives peddling a ‘cult of normal birth’ to the detriment of women and baby’s safety? Even though the debate about ‘normal birth’ has died down, it remains on the ‘endangered list’ and the contested subject of birth remains a hot topic of media attention. Subsequently, how birth is depicted in the media continues to be a major concern and subject of research and study for midwives and those in the birth world.
Truth to Power Café 20/10/19 Conway Hall
I was delighted to take part in the first Truth To Power Cafe in London, produced by London Artist Projects, at Conway Hall.
This event, created by producer Jeremy Goldstein, invites people to speak their own truth to power.
Here's the script from the event….
Hello, I’m a Revolting Midwife.
I want to talk to all who undermine women’s ability to birth.
Birth is a right of Passage for women and birthing people – it heralds the start of family, and a whole new life, full of potential.