Had a great day running the first #BirthCafe - discussing everything to do with birth with
Amy Dignam & YARA+DAVINA for Arrivals + Departures at Somerset House
Really moving to see my own children on the Arrivals board & others like #RBG & Anuerin Bevan on the Departures board.
Post your own Arrivals + Departures
Me and my two daughters have been supporting local cafe and charity Lumberjacks, who are working with Southwark Food Banks to #feedsouthwark and those in need, during the Corona Pandemic.
We are making nutritious soups, as The Ladle & The Dreidle, using our Jewish Culinary tradition.
Please donate to Southwark Foodbanks here.
Last year, I took part in a discussion about fatherhood and mental health, at Shambala Festival with Guerrilla Science alongside Virem Shami, Professor of Social Psychology.
What followed was a fascinating discussion about strategies to help support male, partner and paternal mental health and the transition into fatherhood.
Listen to the Podcast here
The Maternity and Midwifery Festival on 21/01/20 filmed my presentation 'What's in a Name - Gender inclusive maternity and beyond'
You can access it here its around 20minutes long.
I am excited to be presenting at two conferences next week!
Firstly, the Maternity and Midwifery Festival on Tuesday 21st January, where I will be presenting 'What's in a Name - Gender inclusive maternity and beyond'. Having recently attended the excellent TransPregnancy Conference, I am very keen to bring gender-inclusive awareness into mainstream midwifery contexts. I shall also be launching an online survey, led by Dr Sally Pezaro, exploring attitudes to Trans Pregnancy and birth care by healthcare professionals. Please take part and share the link here or use the QR code below.
Then on Wednesday 22nd January I shall be presenting about Maternal Journal at the Annual Birth Trauma Conference, looking at how journaling and other creative strategies can support people going through birth trauma.
If you are attending these events, please come up and say hello.
Image above - daughter, Tallulah, from 'What's in a Name'
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.