Following on from the very successful Women’s Voices Conference in 2016, we are pleased to announce this years conference will be held at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in Regents Park, London, on Saturday 14th October 2017.

We received an overwhelming positive response from those who attended last years conference:

“As a newly qualified midwife this conference was the best and most Important days of my training – so emotional and powerful. I know I will be a better midwife because of this day.”

“Last year this was the most amazing conference! It was absolutely seminal and felt to me that it is this kind of conference that WILL instigate change.”

“Women’s voices should be at the centre of maternity care.  This conference is such a great step towards that.  We need more of this!”

The best conference I have been to because it was centred around women’s experiences – inspiring, moving and empowering.

“All the speakers were fantastic.  The courage shown by the women who shared their birth stories was incredible, and their stories were so moving.”

“Absolutely fabulous, we must do it again and again!”

“Amazing day, thank you! Lovely to feel part of such a positive and powerful network of women (and men….)”

The Women’s Voices Conference is a service user driven event, providing a platform for women to share their maternity experiences in a safe environment to an audience of  individuals interested in improving women’s maternity services.

This years conference has been inspired by the WhoseShoes workshops that are running across the country, only at this workshop style conference there will be no board game, no scenarios, just real women speaking their truth, real voices, real stories, real life.

Through discussion and interactive workshops we will be exploring why it is so vital that women are in the driving seat of their birth, that they are in control, that they are presentented with information to facilitate truly informed decision making, that their choices are respected. We will be exploring how a woman’s maternity experience impacts on her identity as a mother, family life and society as a whole.

The themes of the conference will focus on how the human rights framework fits into maternity care. We will be discussing informed consent and informed decision making in the post Montgomery age. The conference will explore how choices are presented to women discussing the idea that ‘safe care is personalised care’ following Better Births.

Through sharing experiences and discussing difficult issues we aim to work collaboratively to inspire future maternity care.

The conference will appeal to midwives, obstetricians, doulas, services users, commissioners and anyone with an interest in maternity services.

A donation from the proceeds of the conference will be made to a nominated charity, organisation or fundraiser set up to support women and their families during pregnancy, birth or the antenatal period. Nominations can be made on the Facebook page or via email here.

If you would like to donate a prize for the raffle please email me here. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to a nominated charity, organisation or fundraiser set up to support women and their families during pregnancy, birth or the antenatal period.

This years conference is supported by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Press release:

Tuesday 24th August 2016. Women’s Voices: How We Must Listen To Women About Birth by Vanessa Olorenshaw.

Human rights in childbirth, narratives and restorative justice: a review by A. U. Lokugamage and S. D. C. Pathberiya