We offer a range of free webinars and online events that are publicly accessible to anyone with an interest in maternity care and social support for women experiencing disadvantage.
A conversation with Rhea Dempsey: Vulnerability and the psychological aspects of pregnancy and birth
We had the exciting opportunity to spend an hour with Rhea Dempsey, a highly sought after childbirth educator, counsellor, speaker, author and birth attendant with experience at over one thousand births. Together, we explored the emotional and psychological aspects of birth and how social and economic disadvantage impacts a woman’s birth planning and preparation, and ultimately her birth experience. Rhea shared her wisdom and knowledge from over one thousand births to inspire everyone to ensure respectful maternity care is provided for all women.
“Giving birth is an emotional experience, however it occurs. It brings up our past, our present and our dreams for the future. For most of us, somewhere among the emotions it evokes will be points of psychological vulnerability, for some even trauma.”
(Dempsey, Rhea. Beyond the Birth Plan. p.58)
Nine months and beyond: The future of mothering
As we enter an increasingly uncertain future, how can we support and nurture our new mothers, especially those experiencing disadvantage, to give them and their babies the best start possible? This webinar was facilitated by Berry Liberman, Co-Founder of Small Giants, and Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of Dumbo Feather magazine, with Ruth Dearnley, CEO of Birth for Humankind, and Lee Ann Basser, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women Australia (VIC).
The future of woman-centred care
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed antenatal, birth and postnatal care for many women. Necessary introduction of physical distancing policies and procedures have limited a woman’s opportunity for continuity of care and social connection at this critical time in their lives. In doing so, it has highlighted the ongoing challenges facing women experiencing social and financial hardship, when trying to access the current public maternity system.
This webinar discussed the gaps in our system that have been highlighted or amplified by COVID-19 and the impact this may have on the future of woman-centred care. With Joanne Askham, Director of Birth for Humankind; Clare Wyborn, President of the Doula Network Australia and Bridie Ryan, Registered Midwife and Doula.
Maintaining continuity of support to pregnant women and new mums during the COVID-19 pandemic
This free one hour panel discussion discusses emerging challenges and interventions to best support women during a time of social distancing. With Mei Lai Swan, Founder and Director of Birth for Humankind; Frances Bilbao, Director of Mums Matter Psychology, and Erika Munton, Director of BirthReady.