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RCM Whittington Trust RCM Branch hold RCM Birth Fear Symposium Study Day

Therese Bourne, Whittington Trust Branch Chair
18 September, 2017

RCM Whittington Trust RCM Branch hold RCM Birth Fear Symposium Study Day

The Royal College of Midwives regional event held on the 12th June was held at the Whittington was very successful and well attended by Midwives from all over the region.

The focus was a symposium on birth fear with many excellent speakers.  Cathy Warwick started the day stressing the need for midwives to embrace the Better Births document. It not only provides guidance for maternity care but also offers support for midwives in the delivery of care.  She left us with the emphasis for midwives to act with courage and commitment in their care of women and families not only in doing too little too late but by doing too much too early.

Manjit RoseGhini spoke briefly on A-Equip and the benefits it offers midwives and the service. Then Logan Van Lessen and Dr Amali Lokugmage presented some powerful messages from the women on film underlining the importance of communication in uncertainty and fe

Challnges for Midwives including Cathy Warwick
ar. Sheila Byrom then discussed the implications of fear and how it may actually increase risk and reduce safety for women. 

In the afternoon Dr Lucinda Donaldson and Dr Amelie Bobsien discussed the implication on trauma and mental health and this was followed by Dr Gowri  Motha and her excellent team  who enabled those there to try some of the techniques of reducing fear.

It was an exceptional day well supported and with fantastic speakers. Verbal feedback form many of the midwives reflected this. Already ideas are being generated for future study days.

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