BIRTH IN THE BALANCE
ARM National Conference 2018
December 1st, 2018, Nottingham
ARM is tackling the big questions. We can’t promise all the answers, but our conference aims to help midwives and mothers to live in the solutions rather than the problems.
About Birth in the Balance
Our conference has been planned because we believe that there is a crisis for maternity services and childbirth in the UK and globally – a crisis that is overtaking midwives and women and yet has been virtually ignored by midwifery leadership.
At this conference we’ll tackle the issues together, and find inspiration. We seek real solutions, not just to talk. We are not despairing, however bleak this moment seems. We can prevail. But we do need to acknowledge that there are problems – if we do this, we can then move on to find the solutions – together.
Conference participants will also be involved in a unique journaling project led by renowned artist Laura Godfrey-Isaacs. This journal will provide us with a way to explore these issues creatively and produce a unique artefact wihich records our midwifery and maternity experiences.
Meet Our Speakers
Consultant Midwife, Director All4Maternity
DR HELEN SHALLOW
Midwife, Researcher, Speaker & Consultant
Artist, midwife, feminist academic and activist
Professor of Midwifery at Western Sydney University
DR DENIS WALSH
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PROFESSOR MAVIS KIRKHAM
Professor Emerita Midwifery
Author and activist
ARM National Coordinator
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Conference Radical Journal
This is going to be a highlight of our conference and we think it’s a world first. Facilitated by the renowned artist and midwife Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, one of the originators of the Maternal Journal project, along with some of the mothers who participated in the original Maternal Journal.
Everyone at the conference will have the opportunity to participate in the co-creation of a Radical journal, based around the theme of the conference ‘Birth in the Balance’ and there will also be an optional guided workshop for a limited number of delegates. The resulting journal will be a collection of poetry, art and prose – you choose, and we welcome all contributions. Let your imagination and reflections run riot. You will be guided by Laura and will have the opportunity to work on your contribution for two weeks before, during the conference itself, and for two weeks after, though it’s fine to make or write something spontaneous on the day if you prefer. Your contribution can be a piece you’ve previously made, or you can make it specially.
This very special journal will be printed afterwards and every participant will receive one copy as a keepsake. Copies will also be available to purchase from our website and any profits will go towards our campaign for Better Midwifery Regulation or The Midwives’ Haven.
What will the journal be like? That’s up to you, the contributors. This is experimental art in action. What a special memory we’ll create together – and a valuable contribution to midwifery and maternity history.
Only conference participants can contribute to the journal. We hope you can be part of it.
Our workshops are an opportunity for you to meet with like-minded people to explore a subject in more depth.
We’re blessed with skilled facilitators who are passionate about their area of expertise and want to share their passion with you.
ARM wants you to have the chance to talk with our amazing speakers. We’re going to have a panel Q and A session where everyone gets to have their say.
We have an exciting exhibition to enhance your experience of our gathering. This is a feast for all the senses so enjoy the beautiful scents and take advantage of learning about new people and products.
All our exhibitors and sponsors are in tune with the ethical values of the Association of Radical Midwives. If we invited big corporate sponsors that might mean we had to water down our aims and objectives. So we don’t invite them. Instead, we work with people we love and who don’t give us ethical dilemmas!
Journaling for women and midwives
The Midwives’ Haven workshop
Care in Bereavement
Leicester Home Birth Team
Upright Breech Birth
Social Media – how to effectively communicate our messages
Campaign for Better Midwifery Midwifery Regulation – workshop
Venue and directions
We’re returning to an ARM favourite venue – the Village Hotel in Nottingham. The Village has been updated since our last visit and is a smart yet comfortable venue. We have arranged refreshments throughout the day for our delegates, and a delicious buffet lunch.
Pricing & Registration
We don’t want big corporate sponsors because we need to keep our values intact as a charity. So we rely on ticket sales to fund our conference. We’re grateful that every single speaker and workshop facilitator offers their talents for no fee. We keep our prices as low as possible and offer subsidised places for students and those on low incomes. Any surplus will go towards our campaign or the Midwives’ Haven.
Student & Concession ARM Members
Student & Concession Non Members
CURRY SUPPER & QUIZ