Consent: Rights in Childbirth


This 3 hour zoom workshop is for:

Antenatal/hypnobirthing teachers
Birth activists
Midwives and obstetricians
And others working in the maternity world

We will be talking about our rights to decline maternity care, rights to access services, consent and the law.

We start by clearly explaining the theory so that you have a strong foundation to work from and you know exactly where you and your clients stand.

We go on to explore scenarios around consent for interventions, and we work on practical ways that we can support our clients when they are being coerced or it feels like they have reached a dead end.

You can bring your own stories to share (with the express permission of your clients) and we can work through ways that things might have been able to be done differently. Doulas and other birth workers find that this part of the workshop, this powerful debriefing and reflection, can be absolutely game changing.

Finally, we address the question of responsibility. If someone is coercing someone in the birth room, or acting without consent, how do we work out who is responsible for dealing with the situation?

This workshop is run by 3 very experienced doulas and birth activists, Emma Ashworth, Verina Henchy and Maddie McMahon. Emma is the author of The AIMS Guide to Your Rights in Pregnancy and Birth and co-author of Safety in Childbirth. Formerly the Chair of AIMS, she now works as a birth rights consultant.

Verina has been an AIMS helpline volunteer, AIMS trustee and is an incredible doula with 11 years experience. She is a doula training facilitator within Developing Doulas.

Maddie has been an AIMS helpline volunteer, has been a doula for 21 years, a doula training provider and author of Why Doulas Matter and Why Mothering Matters.

All 3 are on the steering group of the successful March With Midwives Campaign which started in October 2021 which supports midwives during the current staffing crisis.

“Really, really useful content and I know I will use it with every client from now on”

“Really useful to hear about different types of consent and laws around assault. Super helpful signposts for how we can support clients…and helped with blame culture and self care when working in tricky situations”

“Thank you for simplifying the issue of consent as much as possible. I wish I’d had this knowledge years ago.”

“The session was faultless”

“I am so impressed with your ability to open the room’s access to emotion yet still keep time to seamlessly. Hats off to another fantastic workshop, exploring a tricky, complex subject as thoroughly as possible.”

Upcoming 2024 dates:

30th April 9am

£60 full price, £50 discount price for Developing Doulas. If you are on universal credit or a member of a marginalised group who needs a discount, you are also eligible for the discounted price – please email us to arrange this.

Please book here indicating which workshop you would like to book and, if you have a discount, which community of birthworkers gave you the discount. If you have any questions or need to let us know anything about your booking, please email [email protected]

Cancellation policy. If you are unable to make the workshop and give us more than 48 hours notice you are welcome to defer your place to a future workshop. If you are unable to give us 48 hours notice, we reserve the right to ask you to pay 50% to book a future date.

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