Supporting Women's Autonomy in Childbirth (London training)

When: 18th October 2019
Venue: Leigh Day Priory House 25 St John's Lane, EC1M 4LB London, United Kingdom
Cost: £45-£80

Birthrights, the charity devoted to human rights in maternity care, will be running training for midwives, doctors, and others working in maternity care in London on Friday 18th October. You can purchase tickets for the entire day or the AM or PM session only.
The training is multi-disciplinary. It is for doctors and midwives working in maternity settings but students, antenatal teachers, doulas, members of Maternity Voices Partnerships and anyone else with an interest in maternity care are also welcome.
Supporting women's autonomy in childbirth - (AM: 9.30-12.30)

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This workshop will give an introduction to human rights law and principles and why they matter in childbirth. We will answer questions such as:

- Can safe care also be personalised care?
- What really is informed consent? What does the law tell us to do?
- Do women have a right to out of guidelines care?
- Could we do more to prevent birth trauma rather than treating it?

We will examine maternity practices that violate human rights and consider what a human rights centred maternity service looks like, and how those working with pregnant women, can support them to make informed choices and to have those choices respected.

Choice conversations in practice - (PM: 13.30-16.30)
This workshop focuses on practical communications skills and language to equip doctors and midwives, and others who work with pregnant and birthing women to:

• Have productive choice conversations within a short time frame: building trust, providing accurate information, giving professional recommendations and exploring alternatives to ensure fully informed decisions.

• Sensitively challenge behaviour by colleagues that is disrespectful or unsafe

• Reflect on appropriate informal and formal escalation routes if needed to protect women’s rights and safety

Our aim is to create a safe space for healthcare professionals to develop their communication skills even further. Please note this workshop is particularly suitable for doctors preparing for their MRCOG Part 3 examinations.

Training Team
Elizabeth Prochaska is Chair and founder of Birthrights. Elizabeth is a barrister specialising in public and human rights law, and is Legal Director of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Johanna Rhys Davies is a human rights lawyer and speaker who advises on, and promotes, the rights and interests of women, parents and maternity care professionals through her governance and advisory roles with three UK and international charities.

Other trainers tbc

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Our corporate parners Leigh Day are kindly hosting the event for us at their offices in Farringdon, London. The location is easily accessible on bus routes 55, 63 and 243. It is a 5 minute walk from Farringdon station which is served by national rail service and the underground Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Circle lines.

You can find more transport options and a location map here.

Will lunch be provided?
If you are coming for the full day there will be a break between 12.30-13.30 for lunch, unfortunately we are unable to provide lunch but there are plenty of cafes and supermarkets nearby where you can purchase something. We will offer teas and coffees during the sessions.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
You can contact Birthrights on 0300 400 3400 and

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