The University of Suffolk Midwifery Society is celebrating the success of its first Normal Birth and Contemporary Culture Conference.
The event, held Wednesday 13 February 2019, attracted 180 delegates made up of midwives, student midwives, doulas and educators.
The Normal Birth and Contemporary Culture Conference was the first of its kind to be held at the University of Suffolk, aiming to promote conversation and ignite passion for normal birth, as well as highlighting some of the barriers faced within maternity services.
Joint President of the University of Suffolk Midwifery Society, Jo Wilkinson, said: “The conference was the ideal opportunity to bring educators, midwives, doulas and students together. To learn from and support each other.
“My main reason for becoming a midwife is to support women.”
Speakers throughout the day included Anna Coonan-Byrom, Mark Harris and Diane Garland.
Various stalls were also present to add to the atmosphere of positivity and the true celebration birth, including MIDIRS Information Resource Service.
Joint President, Jenny Primrose, added: “Focusing on such a positive topic such as normal birth brings us as student midwives back to basics. The second year students have just completed our high-risk module, which focused on deviations from ‘normal’ and interventions (forceps, caesarean section, etc). This conference came at a perfect time for us, and especially for third years now qualifying, to remind us of simple actions to facilitate labouring women.”
Funds raised at the Normal Birth and Contemporary Culture Conference will go towards future events organised by the midwifery society such as study days and workshops.
More feedback from the conference can be found here.
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