Consent: Rights in Childbirth


This 3 hour zoom workshop is for doulas and others working in the maternity world. We will be talking about maternity rights, consent and the law. As well as the theory, our aim is to give participants and chance to explore scenarios and 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. 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, ex-Chair of AIMS and hugely experienced maternity advocate. Verina has been an AIMS helpline volunteer and doula trainer. Maddie is an AIMS helpline volunteer, doula trainer and author of Why Doulas Matter and Why Mothering Matters. All 3 are on the steering group of the successful March With Midwives Campaign started in October 2021.

“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 2021 dates:

November 22nd  10am

£60 full price, £45 discount price for our partners. 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 ku.oc1642687528.salu1642687528odgni1642687528polev1642687528ed@of1642687528ni1642687528

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 notice, we reserve the right to ask you to pay 50% to book a future date.

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