The Labour Progress Workshop – coming to Aberystwyth!

I’m very happy to announce that I am coming to Aberystwyth on Saturday August 11th 2018 to present my Labour Progress Workshop. If you’re nearby, or if you fancy a trip to this beautiful part of Wales, just read on for all the details…

It’s all very well that there exist maps and graphs and charts to show what women’s bodies *should* be doing in labour, but many women’s bodies clearly haven’t read the textbooks! And besides, if you dig even a tiny way into the literature looking at progress in labour, you’ll find curiosities, contradictions and arbitrary limits at every turn. Add in the challenge of our risk-focused culture and the need to help women better trust their bodies and we have a recipe for a workshop which will pull together the evidence, the practice and our shared wisdom about labour progress in the hope that we can learn how to better help birthing women.

Any workshop which looks at labour and birth really needs to be rooted in your stories and those of the women you serve. That doesn’t mean we’re throwing out the evidence, because I’ll be offering an update on recent research as well as some other useful snippets from the literature, but we will be looking at the reality of labour rather than the arbitrary limits which are sometimes imposed. And we’ll talk about the wider issues too, because assessing and supporting women’s progress in labour isn’t just about what’s on the graph at a given moment in time … it’s about a longer story.

Come and join Sara Wickham and a fabulous group of midwives and birth folk in Aberystwyth to explore those stories, get updated on the evidence, challenge the limits, look at ideas and strategies that might help you help women make decisions, consider real-life case studies and sit in circle with a supportive group of people who get it. We’ll add in the usual gallons of tea and coffee, good cake, a useful handout, lots of positively-focused discussion and those who wish to are welcome to bring their knitting!

This workshop runs on Saturday 11th August 2018 and will be held at the Postgraduate Centre, Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth SY23 1ER. Registration opens at 9.30, the workshop begins at 10 and we will finish our day at 4.30.

If you’d like to join us, email Maureen Jones at to get a ticket. All tickets are £75 and seats are limited, so don’t wait too long. Places are non-refundable but you are welcome to sell on your ticket if you can’t make it on the day. Please bring your lunch, or you will be able to buy lunch in the hospital cafeteria.

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2 comments for “The Labour Progress Workshop – coming to Aberystwyth!

  1. Lucy Hales
    June 8, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Hi there, I’ve emailed Maureen twice regarding this workshop and have yet to get a reply. I’m very keen to get to attend and don’t want to miss out. Could you please let me know if there are still spaces available. Kind regards, Lucy

    • admin
      June 11, 2018 at 11:02 am

      We’ve sent you an email, Lucy.

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