Education for Practitioners

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The main theme of the day will focus on midwives' and obstetricians' professional education and ways of working together, and will consider its influence upon parent education. The programme will also include several PhD student presentations.

Details of nearby parking and accommodation, are available on the De Partu website. The programme for the day will be published soon.


Main guest speakers: Sue MacDonald (Midwifery Consultant and Educationalist) Jayne Marshall (Co-editor Myles Textbook for Midwives) Alison Taylor (Senior Content Strategist, Elsevier) Mary Nolan (Professor of Perinatal Education) Sheila Duncan (formerly Consultant, Jessop Hospital for Women)



9.30 Registration and coffee

10.00 Welcome (Janette Allotey, Chair of de Partu, Valerie Worth-Stylianou Mellon-Torch KE Fellow) Book learning for practitioners

10.15-10.30 Introduction by Janette Allotey: The use of book learning since the 18th century

10.30-11.10 Guest speaker: Sue MacDonald (Midwifery Consultant and Educationalist, Honorary Fellow RCM, and co-editor of recent editions of Mayes Midwifery: A Textbook for Midwives)

11.10-11.50 Guest speaker: Jayne Marshall (Foundation Professor of Midwifery PFHEA at University of Leicester and co-editor of recent editions of Myles Textbook for Midwives)

11.50-12.00 break 12.00-12.20 Guest speaker: Alison Taylor (Senior Content Strategist, Nursing and Midwifery, Elsevier): The future of Mayes and Myles

12.20-12.40 Comparative Afterword: Janette Allotey

12.40-1.30 Lunch Educating the parents: the history of parent education for the early years

1.30-2.15 Guest speaker: Mary Nolan (Professor of Perinatal Education, University of Worcester) The history of professional networks and teams in obstetrics

2.15-3.00 Guest Speaker: Sheila Duncan (FRCOG, formerly Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the Jessop Hospital for Women and Sheffield University)

3.20-4.20 PhD presentations (some tbc) Tinashe Chandauka (Rhodes Scholar, Trinity College Oxford): changing the balance in collaborative teamwork between obstetric surgeons, anaesthetics and nursing staff in subSaharan Africa

4.20 Concluding remarks and end of study day: Valerie Worth Lead contacts for the Partnership: Janette Allotey, Chair of De Partu, and Valerie Worth-Stylianou, Trinity College Oxford, Mellon-TORCH Knowledge Exchange Fellow


To register, please follow the link.  

The study day stems from the Knowledge Exchange Partnership between The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, the De Partu History of Childbirth Group, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. 

Organised by The Knowledge Exchange Partnership between The De Partu History of Childbirth Group and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities


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Contact name: Valerie Worth

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Audience: Open to all