I am sooo late writing this! Apologies, I’m still rotting used to the idea that blogs are the for to let people know what I’m doing, but I forget! I get sidetracked and time passes.
Promis I will be writing more often
So back in April I was invited by Doula UK to help man (or woman) the doula UK stall at the MAMA Conference in Edinburgh. I jumped at the chance kissed my three big kids goodbye, wrote some survival skills out for the husband and jumped in the car with little Haggis ready for our road trip down.
I got to hear some brilliant speakers and bathed my brain and heart in all to do with women, birth, and babies!
There was Sheena Byrom OBE, who shared with us her life as a midwife in Yorkshire and her experiences on defensive practice. Se also touched on how much damage can negative language have on the information that is available to mothers.
Kathryn Gutteridge explained the intricacy of caring for mothers who have survived sexual abuse and showed us how the simple use of empathetic and caring language can soothe and relax an anxious and scared mother
But my favourite part of the conference was to see and hear Sheila Kitzinger! I prepared myself with her books for the birth of our first son! I loved the way she wrote about birth and the anthropological history and beginnings of maternal care through of pregnancy and care. Her books and work with doula UK played a big part on not only my births but also my deep desire to become a Doula.
All in all after two days packed with wonderful women and speakers, I left for home with my head buzzing, and promising to save enough for next year tickets! I honestly could not stop talking about how great it was and how good Little Haggis behaved. I wrapped her in the sling, she nursed to sleep allowed me to listen to the speaker without much fuzzing and got cuddles from other ladies that were smitten with her! It was such s relaxed setting, she was very welcomed, and that made me feel very relaxed.
So there you go! My first MAMA conference, and I hope it won’t e the last.