UCD Midwifery Masterclass - 11th May 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

UCD Midwifery will hold another Masterclass on Wednesday 11th May in Room H1.49, O'Brien Centre for Science.

Guest Speakers include Soo Downe, Professor in Midwifery Studies, University of Central Lancashire and Sheena Byrom OBE, Consultant Midwife & RCM Board Member.

Professor Downe will speak about how the principles of the book Roar behind the Silence are reflected in the global developments on maternity care disrespect and abuse.

For many years there has been growing concern about the culture of fear that is penetrating maternity services throughout the world, and that the fear felt by maternity care workers is directly and indirectly being transferred to the women and families they serve. The consequences of fear include increased risk of defensive practice, where the childbearing woman and her family become potential enemies to those providing her care. In addition, the prevailing risk management and 'tick box’ culture in maternity services encourages maternity workers to give priority to the records instead of the woman. These factors contribute to the dissatisfaction felt by those using and providing maternity services. There is however increasing evidence that kindness, compassion and mutual respect improve efficiency, effectiveness, experience and staff morale within healthcare settings. The Roar Behind the Silence provides information, inspiration and practical suggestions to support maternity care workers, policy makers, and maternity care funders across the world in their quest to deliver sensitive, compassionate and high quality maternity services. The book highlights examples of good practice, and offers practical tools for making change happen, using evidence and stories where appropriate. Ms Sheene Byrom will speak about how kindness, compassion and respect is crucial to providing safe, quality maternity care. Admission is free. Online registration is essential. Click here to book your spot.