Tea-Time Talks - The mental health of pregnant women and new mums: ‘'What happened to trust? - how pregnant women trust and mistrust healthcare professionals after a previous traumatic birth'
Speaker: Dr Mari Greenield, Academic researcher in maternity care, doula, birth activist.
Up to 30% of women in the UK experience childbirth as a traumatic event, with many consequently going on to experience some form of anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder following childbirth. There is currently no universal screening for traumatic birth in the UK, and few dedicated services available to support those who have experienced a traumatic birth. When these women become pregnant again, they may experience mistrust in the healthcare professionals providing maternity care to them. This talk will explore the factors which build or reduce women’s trust after a previous traumatic birth, and provide an opportunity to discuss ways in which rebuilding trust can be facilitated.
About Dr Greenfield:
Dr Greenfield has worked as a doula for over a decade, and as a mentor for new doulas with Doula UK. In this role she has worked with many different clients and families, including women in prison, asylum seeking women, lesbian couples, surrogate families and pregnant transmen. She has supported people making a range of choices in pregnancy and birth, ranging from elective caesarean births to freebirths.
Mari is also an honorary Research Associate at the University of Hull. Her research interests come from her work as a doula, and centre around the individual experiences of maternity care. She has particular interests in exploring different people’s experiences of making choices, traumatic births, and in perinatal mental health.
Cost: Free Admission – All welcome but booking is required in order to guarantee a place and to enable us to ensure we have an adequately sized room booked for the session. For more information and to book online, please click here.