Do you work with pregnant women and their partners? Would you like to learn more about helping women and birth partners achieve positive birth experiences, even during a ‘high risk’ birth? Are you keen to learn more about perinatal mental health and the importance of screening in the antenatal and postnatal period? Are you interested in learning more about issues surrounding choice, and communicating risk?

Let’s Talk Birth 2019 Tour focuses on celebrating the work and collaboration between health and birth professionals with empowering women and their families, in pregnancy, birth and in the postnatal period. With addresses from leading midwifery, birthing and perinatal specialists, encased in a day of lively discussion with exhibitors and like-minded professionals.

Visiting 5 cities over 8 days, the Let’s Talk Birth team have created a relaxing, informative and memorable awayday for midwives, Doulas, birth and health professionals training in, working in, or supporting in midwifery, early parenthood and perinatal mental health. This event is for the innovative and forward thinking.

  • Up to 8 hours of participatory learning for CPD
  • Addresses from several leading midwifery and birthing specialists
  • Exhibitors and like-minded professionals
  • Take home brochure containing shareable content
  • Lunch and refreshments throughout the day
  • Post-event access to the lectures from across the tour

With commissioned performances from the Birmingham Theatre School, the City of Glasgow College and spoken word from Kati Edwards.

Speakers

Here are some of the world renowned speakers that will be at the events.
Birthrights

Birthrights

Birthrights is the UK’s only organisation dedicated to improving women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights. They believe that all women are entitled to respectful maternity care that protects their fundamental rights to dignity, autonomy, privacy and equality.

Dr. Sheena Byrom OBE

Dr. Sheena Byrom OBE

Consultant Midwife (RM, MA, HFRCM, ED D HONORIS CAUSA)

Sheena Byron is a practising midwife of 40 years., having worked in the NHS for most of that time. Sheena was one of the UK’s first consultant midwives, and as head of midwifery successfully helped to lead the development of three birth centres in East Lancashire.

Mark Williams

Mark Williams

Specialist in perinatal Mental Health

Keynote speaker, author, international speaker. Founder of International Father’s Mental Health Day, Winner of the Local Hero Award at the Pride of Britain Awards 2012.

Mark Harris

Mark Harris

Midwife + Nurse (RM)

Author of award winning book Men, Love and Birth. An experienced midwife and nurse, and founder of ‘Birthing4Blokes’ movement.

Zoe Wright

Zoe Wright

Midwife + Antenatal Education Trainer (RM)

Zoe Wright is a Midwife, Founder and Trainer of the Real Birth Programme. She started her career as a midwife in 2005 and has trained in Hypnobirthing and Birth Trauma Resolution. Zoe speaks at universities to student midwives about the power of positive antenatal education.

Rineke Schram

Rineke Schram

Consultant Obstetrician

Rineke is a trustee of Birthrights, and Lead Obstetrician of Better Birth Lancashire and South Cumbria. Her Clinical expertise is in women with medical conditions during pregnancy and women with complications during childbirth.

Milli Hill

Milli Hill

Positive Birth Movement GROUP FOUNDER + Author

Milli Hill is the founder of the Positive Birth Movement (PBM), a global network of nearly 400 free to attend antenatal groups. Her book, The Positive Birth Book, was published in March 2017 to wide acclaim, immediately becoming an Amazon bestseller.

Elaine Hanzak

Elaine Hanzak

Perinatal Mental Health + Author

Elaine is an inspirational speaker and author on perinatal mental illness, mental health and overcoming challenges. Her books ‘Eyes without Sparkle - a journey through postnatal illness’ (CRC Press 2005) and ‘Another Twinkle in the Eye – contemplating another pregnancy after perinatal mental illness’ (CRC Press 2015) both highly commended by the BMA.

Mars Lord

Mars Lord

Doula Preperation + CPD workshops

Award winning doula and birth activist Mars Lord has been a birth keeper for well over a decade. After attending the Paramana Doula course with Michel Odent and Lilliana Lammers, a spark was lit within her and the passion that she discovered for birth and supporting parents has fired her soul ever since. She has had the privilege of working with hundreds of families.

LGBT Foundation

LGBT Foundation

LGBT Foundation believes in a fair and equal society where all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people can achieve their full potential. Every year we serve 40,00 people – amplifying voices, providing support and offering hope to people who’ve had nowhere else to turn. Pride in Practice is one of many services that LGBT Foundation offers.

Leila Baker

Leila Baker

Doula UK

Leila Baker has been a member of Doula UK since 2014, and started volunteering as a Rep in August 2016. In January 2017 she became joint Rep Coordinator, before joining the Leadership Team as Head of Membership in November 2017. Leila is Chair of the Diversity Panel and a trustee of the Access Fund charity.

Our speakers all work within the maternity services and between them encompass all aspects of birth - from the antenatal period through to the postnatal. From positive birth to trauma and the effects on the wider family. These speakers have a wealth of experience between them, years of professional development and multiple publications met with great success.

Each leg of the tour will encompass five speakers and you can be assured to gain in depth knowledge on a variety of birthing topics. And there’s no need to worry about missing a speaker... After the Glasgow leg, you will receive a link to watch the entire collection of speakers online. Any additional lectures you watch will contribute towards additional CPD points!

Check out the full speaker bios here!

Venues

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Bath

Bath

Bath Spa University

March 20th 2019
BA2 9BN

London

London

Crowne Plaza Battersea

March 21st 2019
SW11 3BE

Birmingham

Birmingham

Birmingham & Midland Institue

March 25th 2019
B3 3BS

Manchester

Manchester

Bridge 5 Mill

March 26th 2019
M4 7HR

Glasgow

Glasgow

The Pearce Institute

March 28th 2019
G51 3UU

Our venues have been carefully chosen to allow everyone the chance to attend Let’s Talk Birth 2019. Bath, London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow stretch the length of England and into Scotland and are situated in convenient locations - making travel easy by any means, and a welcoming environment upon arrival and throughout the day.

All refreshments throughout the day are of the highest quality, provided by inhouse caterers or professional catering companies. Special dietary requirements can be made and catered for upon request.

Please let us know upon booking!

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