The Conference for Childbirth Educators

Join us IN PERSON for The Conference for Childbirth Educators on 9th November, 2022

We will be with Professor Mary Nolan and some amazing speakers looking at  “CHALLENGES FOR TODAY’S PARENTING EDUCATORS” at the University of Worcester.


Professor Mary Nolan
Professor of Perinatal Education, College of Health,
Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Worcester, UK

Sally Hogg
Early Years Expert. Former Head of Policy and Communication at the Parent-Infant Foundation UK

'What have we learned from the pandemic?’

Soo Downe
BA(Hons), RM, MSc, PhD, OBE University of Central Lancashire, UK

Soo spent 15 years working as a clinical and research midwife, then in 2001, she joined UCLan  where she is now theProfessor of Midwifery Studies.

'Is normal birth an appropriate topic for antenatal classes post Ockenden?’

This presentation will examine what is said about normal birth in the Ockenden report, and in earlier reviews of the maternity services, and the recommendations arising. It will also describe the findings of the RCM ReBirth project, examining the language that should be used relating to labour and birth. It will then consider how the findings in the reviews and the Rebirth project might best be translated into antenatal sessions.

Jill Benjoya Miller
Jill co-created and leads the perinatal programme at Happy Baby Community charity, working in London with pregnant and newly postnatal mothers who are seeking asylum.

Parent education for migrant women; current provision (lack of); how to approach parent education; the challenges involved and the rewards.

Gerard Hastings
Professor Emeritus at Stirling University, UK.

Formula Marketing as if Babies Mattered

The presentation will explain the origins and operation of corporate marketing, and its role in training us to be diligent consumers.  The marketing of Formula is a perfect case study of its powerful and manipulative methods, and these will be unpacked and discussed in detail.

The final part of the talk will focus on solutions and the need for root and branch regulation of corporate marketing at a local, national and global level.

Lorna Phillip
Lorna has over 30 years’ experience of working with young children and their families. Lorna brings this wealth of experience to her work which made her one of the most sought-after doulas in Birmingham She is the founder of the Black Mama’s Village in Birmingham.

What Childbirth Educators can Learn about Providing Safe Spaces for Black families.

As a doula and provider of childbirth education, Lorna will share some of the strategies that she uses to ensure that her provision is safe, welcoming and relevant to the Black birthing families that she serves. To be clear, this won't be a 'How to Book More Black Families' presentation; it's an invitation to reflect on what happens in your own classes and how you can begin to make the changes that will impact your practice.

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