Professorial Lecture: Towards An Ecology of Birth

Professorial Lecture Susan Crowther
Event Date: Time:6:00 PM — 8:00 PM
Location: The Sir Ian Wood Building, RGU’s Garthdee Campus, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen

A professorial lecture delivered by Professor Susan Crowther, Professor of Midwifery at Robert Gordon University.

With a career spanning 25 years, Professor Crowther has worked across the globe in midwifery practice, education, service development, leadership and research.

She currently sits on national working groups supporting the development of educational standards for future midwives across the UK. She is a member of the International Confederation of Midwives Research Committee.

Professor Crowther is editor of four peer-reviewed journals, a sought after reviewer and publishes books, chapters and research papers related to maternity care and midwifery.

Her lecture will explore the many aspects and qualities in and around childbirth, posing the questions:

  • What comes into play at each birth?
  • What are good and satisfactory births?
  • What enables positive birth experiences for all involved – mothers, infants, families and health care providers?
  • What are the optimal ways of setting up a maternity service?
  • How would such a service be sustainable for midwives?

She will present her novel understandings of six overlapping qualities that unfold at each and every birth in whatever situation, with whoever is there or not there.

The lecture will challenge the premise of high risk versus low risk, arguing that this only serves to create a false dichotomy. Professor Crowther will illustrate through real life stories how birth is always significant and meaningful, and uniquely situated within a context that is constantly changing.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A and refreshments.

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