PERINATALCENTRIC - NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
An excellent resource for Consumers & Clinicians alike - check in here for the latest snippets of news, stories, science and new ideas from around the globe on all things maternity.
EUROPE/UK - FEMINIST CONFERENCE
WE2018 - Making Change Happen
Kettering Conference Centre
Friday 7th September 5.30pm - Sunday 9th September 4.30pm
The Women's Equality Party conference is the biggest event
on the feminist calendar. Hundreds of delegates
will come together to raise the roof and push for equality.
The weekend will be jam-packed with workshops, activist training,
inspirational speakers and cutting-edge ideas.
Members will have the chance to put forward their
motions to be debated and voted on.
Whether you are new to politics or a seasoned campaigner,
there is something for everyone.
For more information head to the conference page on the Women's Equality Party website.
The Women’s Equality Party is a new collaborative force in British politics uniting people of all genders, ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, beliefs and experiences in the shared determination to see women enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men - so that all can flourish.
UK - WOMEN'S HEALTHCARE
Women's Equality Party
Policy Committee Candidates for 2018 - Spokesperson for Equality in Health
"I am an artist, midwife and feminist academic, who Co-Chaired the WEP Health Policy Steering Group, and wrote content for Health in the Manifesto at the last election."
Find out more about Laura and other candidates at the party's dedicated page.
GLOBAL - NEW BOOK
the Positive Breastfeeding Book
The Positive Breastfeeding Book: Everything you need to feed your baby with confidence. A new book from Professor Amy Brown
How often does my baby really need to feed?
How do I know my baby is getting enough?
Is it normal for my baby to wake at night?
When you’re expecting a new baby, suddenly everyone around you becomes an expert – particularly when it comes to how to feed them. It is easy to become overwhelmed by conflicting advice, myths and exaggerated stories.
The Positive Breastfeeding Book cuts through the anecdotes, giving you clear, no-judgement, non-preachy, evidence-based information to help you make the right decisions for you and your baby. It will help you understand how breastfeeding works, and supports you in developing strategies to make sure that whilst you’re looking after the baby, you’re getting taken care of too.
Jam-packed with everything you ever wanted to know about breastfeeding (and a whole lot you never knew you did!), it will take you through tips for planning for your baby’s arrival, coping with those early months, and knowing what to do and where to seek help if challenges come up. It will guide you through feeding in public, going back to work, and even rediscovering a glass of wine.
You’ll find plenty of real stories and guidance throughout from mothers and experts in supporting breastfeeding. There are handy chapters on formula and mixed feeding, which cut through advertising spiel and give you the facts you need to choose and use formula safely.
The Positive Breastfeeding Book doesn’t promise to make it easy, nor will it get up in the middle of the night for you, but it will empower you with the knowledge and encouragement you need to feed your baby with confidence.
AUSTRALIA - MATERNITY CONFERENCE
Roar Behind the Silence, Australia 2018
The Roar Behind the Silence project was started by two incredible women - Ms Sheena Byrom and Professor Soo Downe. Out of observations of the current maternity care systems and their concern for consumers and clinicians alike they were inspired to write down stories, thoughts and their ideas for change. A book was born and has since sold many copies and inspired many discussions around the central narrative the book aims to deliver - why Kindness, Compassion and Respect, matter in Maternity Care. Capers Bookstore is hosting conferences around Australia in Oct/Nov 2018.
GLOBAL - BOOK REVIEW
The Lost Art of Healing
Although written in the 90's about general practice, as relevant today in maternity care as ever.
Many, especially older, clinicians believe that medical practice has lost its way. Gone are the caring physicians who could take a thorough history and carry out a competent physical examination, or so the argument goes, and they have been replaced by super-specialised technicians who process their patients by means of laboratory tests and complex, high technology diagnostic machinery. Through a combination of the need for haste, engendered by the increasing commercialisation of medical care, and fear of litigation, patients are exposed to innumerable unnecessary investigations; clinical wisdom, kindness, and pastoral care are at a premium. In short, healing is a lost art.