In most contexts, ‘normal’ is a boring word – but within the world of maternity and midwifery it is a contentious one.
Between them, Sheena Byrom OBE and Professor Soo Downe OBE have some 75 years of experience in midwifery practise. Many of those years have been spent actively researching and advocating for normal physiological birth. At the Northern Maternity & Midwifery Festival in Manchester they spoke at length about the cost of interventions into childbirth, what makes a ‘good’ birth – and its antithesis; fear, both in mothers-to-be and within the midwifery practise.
Sheena and Soo have recently released their new book
Squaring the Circle: Normal birth research, theory and practice in a technological age’, comprising chapters by 66 different experts in the field.
Midwifery Festivals are free to attend, regional professional development forums for healthcare practitioners wishing to update their skills and knowledge around key issues and keep on top of revalidation requirements.