ARM National Conference

Is Normal Birth Radical ?

5 & 6 November, 2021
Village Hotel, Nottingham
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is normal birth radical

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

Claire Feeley
Claire Feeley

Midwife, researcher,educator, consultant, advocate

Jo Dagustun
Jo Dagustun

AIMS Campaign Team

Lesley Page
Lesley Page

Former RCM President

Becky Reed
Becky Reed

Midwife and author

Conference Tickets
Bev Turner
Bev Turner

Journalist and writer

Dr Mary Ross-Davie
Dr Mary Ross-Davie

Director, RCM Scotland

Want to know more about our speakers and their presentations?
How Birth Works


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
* Early Bird price
Non Members
* Early Bird price
ARM Members Student/Concessionary
* Early Bird price
Non Members Student/Concessionary
* Early Bird price
Friday night supper and social gathering

Book optionally together with your conference ticket.

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