Yesterday I had a wonderful time (as always) at the
#MaternityForum Maternity, Midwifery and baby regional professional development forum in London (4th February, 2016).
Firstly, I was struck by the session on cultural competence by Professor Irena Papadopoulos, Professor of Transcultural Health and Nursing, Middlesex University London.
In healthcare, cultural competence is the ability of systems to provide care to patients with diverse values, beliefs and behaviors. This means that we all need to tailor the delivery of our care to meet patients’ social, cultural, and linguistic needs. This is crucial, as when we ensure that cultural competency is embedded within our service, we may see increased access to quality care for all. As we adopt the principles of both patient centeredness and cultural competence jointly, our healthcare services may also align to meet the needs of all patients, including those whose needs may otherwise be overshadowed.
I was also enthralled by the powerful session given by Lindsey Ahmet, Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University London – The FGM challenge.
This session was incredibly well delivered and focused upon the duty of us all to identify, safeguard and report those women/girls at risk of harm. There was a specific focus on prevention, and I do still find it difficult to know that there is seemingly so little progress being made in some areas.
A special shout out goes to Shawn Walker, PhD student, Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research, City University London for her presentation on a Clinical focus – New reflections on breech birth. I was especially interested in her new paper ‘Standards for maternity care professionals attending planned upright breech births: a Delphi study‘. Shawn’s slides and videos showed us how the intuitive movements of the labouring woman can be magically successful in delivering babies safely and effectively. This reinforces our belief and faith in the human bodies’ ability to birth babies if they are left alone to listen to their instinctual birthing cues. I think we will all be taking this in to midwifery practice and sharing our learnings with women and colleagues alike.
Equally, Dr Gloria Esegbona, OBGYN, Midwife and Winston Churchill Fellow 2015, Kings College Learning Institute demonstrated in her seminar ‘OBSTRACT and the art of delivery – how to prevent trauma to the obstetric tract during childbirth’ demonstrate that when we allow the perineal muscles to adapt and stretch in tune with a mothers natural urge to push during labour, we are in turn optimising the health of the newborn at birth. We are also informed about supporting the perineal muscles during birth so that trauma may be reduced or even prevented where possible.
Then it was my turn to present my research work. I wanted to thank this lovely audience for their warm and kind words in response to my presentation. It was wonderful to hear your support for my project and evoke some really interesting conversations and ideas with you all. Thank you. I hope you will all continue to follow this project as it continues…(I already have some contacts to keep in touch with – great to network!)
Below is the poster I presented should you want to read the full results:
In terms of new evidence for practice – it was great to see a new government publication advocating the safety of eating running Lion eggs! Great news for pregnant women and toasted soldiers alike!
I can see this #MaternityForum becoming a staple part of my conference calendar!…
Until next time – be kind to yourselves…and each other.