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Dr. Kathryn Gutteridge, RN & Midwife, Psychotherapist MSC & D.Sc

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Midwifery 2022
  • Country: UK

First and foremost I am a mother, wife and latterly grandmother, my personal life has always largely informed my practice and I am always careful to remember that the women I meet are also like me in that they belong to a family.

I am a freelance consultant midwife one of the first in the UK and formerly employed at 2 very large and diverse maternity units. My career started in the 1970’s in nursing however midwifery was always my ambition and particularly the nurturance of midwifery led care.

I am a practicing psychotherapist interested in the emotional impact of childbirth; in part due to my own mothering experiences and research. I have worked closely with women to understand this phenomenon and researched emotional transition to motherhood.

Raising awareness for maternal mental health and particularly women surviving sexual abuse, I co-founded Sanctum Midwives campaigning on maternity care and sexual abuse. I have worked for many years raising awareness around the issues of maternal mental health and supporting both women and all those who work in maternity care situations. I believe positive mental health is the cornerstone to mothering and self fulfilment.

I have published widely in peer review journals but also in many books. My latest publication is ‘Understanding Anxiety, Worry and Fear in Childbearing Women’ which I edited and wrote 4 chapters. I am currently writing on the issues of child and adult female sexual abuse and its implications.

I care very deeply about women and their babies that they may come through their pregnancy and birth unharmed. I will continue to do this for the sake of midwives everywhere.

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Family Centred Midwifery Care in Practice
In 2016 National Health Service (NHS) England produced a report that is to be ground breaking in its ambitions and is part of the NHS Long Term Plan. The review team spent a whole year meeting with families, midwives, obstetricians and voluntary sector groups. This review team was led by Baroness Cumberledge, she understood the issues and was able to steer this work to its most important conclusion – personalised care centred around the woman and her family gives the best physical and psychological outcomes. The vision for maternity services across England is for them to become safer, more personalised, kinder, professional and more family friendly; where everywoman has access to information to enable her to make decisions about her care; and where she and her baby can access support that is centred around their individual needs and circumstances. If a small group of midwives managed the care of the woman, near to her home and she has access at all times to the information, choices about her birthing options then the benefits were huge. A reduction in premature birth, reduction in stillbirth, less risk of perinatal illness and of course reduction in maternal deaths. This is the reality for maternity services and now we are partway through implementation. I will present some of the realities for this model and the benefits for women and their families.
Accreditation, Main Category
Presentations: 16  |  Hours / CE Credits: 16.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Decision Making & Consent