ARM National Conference

Is Normal Birth Radical ?

6 November, 2021

& 5 November: Preconference evening
Village Hotel, Nottingham
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About the conference

Media reporting of the preliminary Ockenden Report on failings at Shrewsbury and Telford Trusts emphasised promotion of “normal birth ideology” as a major cause of harm to mothers and babies. Similar reports followed the Kirkup Report on the Morecambe Bay Trust leaving midwives and many women demoralised and angry, since the international “Definition of a Midwife” (ICM 2017) includes the understanding that midwives should “optimise the normal biological, psychological, social and cultural processes of childbirth”. We are also aware of the wealth of research supporting improved outcomes for women and babies when physiological processes are facilitated. Our conference seeks to explore the issues and develop a response to the rather incoherent and inaccurate views which have been presented in reporting.

Meet Our Speakers

Dr Claire Feeley
Dr Claire Feeley

Midwife, researcher,educator, consultant, advocate

Kemi Johnson
Kemi Johnson

Birthkeeper, KGH Teacher Trainer, Birth Activist

Jo Dagustun
Jo Dagustun

AIMS Campaign Team

Prof Lesley Page
Prof Lesley Page

Former RCM President

Conference Chair

Becky Reed
Becky Reed

Midwife and author

Lynn Genevieve
Lynn Genevieve

Author and midwife

Conference Tickets
Dr Jacqui Williams
Dr Jacqui Williams

Senior Midwifery Advisor, NMC

Dr Mary Ross-Davie
Dr Mary Ross-Davie

Director of Professional Midwifery, RCM Scotland

Want to know more about our speakers and their presentations?

Conference Programme – 6th November 2021

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8.30

Registration
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9.15

Welcome

Katherine Hales

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9.30

Introduction
Prof Lesley Page – Chair
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9.45

The Albany Practice: Was it just too Radical?
Becky Reed
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10.30

Listening to Different Perspectives on Normal Birth – What we can Learn on the Re-Birth Project
Dr Mary Ross Davie and Juliet Rayment
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11.15

Women’s Choices: Midwife Voices
Lynn Genevieve
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11.25

Break
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11.55

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Mo Ade
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12.40

Understand Physiology – support us better: Why AIMS is calling for physiology informed maternity services
Jo Dagustun
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13.25

Lunch
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14.25

The Language of the Future Midwife Standards
Dr Jacqui Williams
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14.55

Normal Birth – The Scapegoat for Poor Maternity Care?
Dr Clare Feeley
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15.40

Is physiological birth too simple? Too powerful?
Kemi Johnson
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16.10

Break
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16.25

Round Table discussion and proposals
We reserve the right to adjust timings and content due to circumstances beyond our control.

Friday 5th November 7pm

Preconference evening
Supper, entertainment, networking & social gathering

How Birth Works

 Exhibition

Our exhibition and raffle aim to enhance your enjoyment of our conference.

You’ll be able to wander the stalls, network with conference participants and try gorgeous ethical products that fit with your midwifery ethics. 

Venue, directions & Accommodation

We’re returning to an ARM favourite venue – the Village Hotel in Nottingham. The Village has a great spa and refurbished swimming facilities. We have arranged refreshments throughout the day for our delegates, and a delicious buffet lunch.

Pricing &  Registration

ARM Members

£80

Non Members

£95

ARM Members Student/Concessionary

£30

Non Members Student/Concessionary

£40

Friday night supper and social gathering

Book optionally together with your conference ticket.

£22
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