Midwives invited to attend Waterbirth Study Day

MIDWIVES from across the north-east have been invited to attend a Waterbirth Study Day at Robert Gordon University (RGU) to raise their awareness of the labour and birthing technique.

The event will be held at RGU’s Faculty of Health and Social Care on Friday, August 30, and is aimed at midwives and student midwives.

The study day, which is also supported by NHS Grampian, will be led by experienced midwife Dianne Garland who has more than 30 years experience in the field where she has amassed a wealth of clinical, managerial and educational experience.

Attendees will learn how to promote waterbirth as a peaceful and safe option for childbirth as well as increase their own knowledge of the technique.

Jayne Forrest, Midwifery Lecturer Practitioner at RGU and NHS Grampian has organised the event and is anticipating significant interest from midwives working in Grampian, Tayside and the Highlands.

She said: “Increasing numbers of women are choosing to use water for giving birth and now it is commonplace for pools to be available within birthing facilities. The objective for this study day is to equip midwives with the training and education to support women who choose this option.

“By improving the practitioners’ skills and confidence more women will be given the opportunity to discuss labour and birth in the water as an option. The water can reduce the need for pain relief and often leads to a positive experience for women and their partners.”

Topics covered at the study day will include: Robust clinical care, waterbirth theories and engagement, research, teaching and the need to accentuate waterbirth as a normal, healthy and safe way to give birth.

The event, which will run from 8.45am until 4.30pm, will cost £60 for midwives, £30 for student midwives and includes refreshments for the day.

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