Birthlight Womb to World day conference
Main speaker: Dr Sarah Buckley
14 September 2013
Venue: The William Harvey Theatre, Addenbrookes, Cambridge
Booking and information
‘Gentle birth’ and ‘gentle mothering’ : the evidence base.
It’s a pleasure to welcome Sarah Buckley and her family in Cambridge this Summer and we have organised this day around her in our Womb to World Cambridge conference series just before she returns to Australia in mid September. This time our venue is on the Addenbrookes site, where the Rosie maternity hospital is located and in it the (still new and wonderful) midwives-run birth unit. Each Womb to World event brings together researchers and practitioners committed to promote greater quality of care around maternity in both hospital and community environments. As a GP and mother who became a champion of ‘gentle birth’ in Australia, Sarah Buckley has put all her passion and extensive skills to the cause of helping women have optimal experiences of pregnancy, birth and early mothering. She is a wonderfully clear presenter, drawing together all the strands of relevant research and practice that offer supporting evidence for avoiding or reducing interventions. Anyone who wishes to gain a thorough yet manageable understanding of the interplay of hormones during pregnancy and birth can be certain to receive this from Sarah, with a light touch and a few good laughs included. The term ‘inspiring’ is overused but truly applies to Sarah. She embodies a model of care that is evidence-based and viable, congenial with grassroots initiatives like Birthlight in making research findings accessible in practical and enjoyable ways. Other presentations will include: old and new evidence on delayed cord clamping, the Brazelton baby assessment, Kangaroo care in practice, light on epigenetics.
This day packed full with relevant and applicable knowledge will be invaluable to Birthlight teachers as well as to doulas and midwives.
Sarah J Buckley is a trained GP/family physician with qualifications in GP-obstetrics and family planning. She is the mother of four home-born children, and currently combines full-time motherhood with her work as a writer on pregnancy, birth, and parenting,
Dr Buckley’s work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth, and parenting from the widest possible perspectives, including scientific, anthropological, cross-cultural, psychological, and personal. She encourages us to be fully informed in our decision-making; to listen to our hearts and our intuition; and to claim our rightful role as the real experts in our bodies and our children.
Her bestselling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices, published by Celestial Arts (US, 2009), builds on her acclaimed first edition, published in Australia as Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: The Wisdom and Science of Gentle Choices in Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting One Moon Press, Brisbane, 2005).