Midwives from across Scotland attended a Waterbirth Study Day at Robert Gordon University (RGU) recently to learn how to assist women to labour and birth their babies in water.
The event was held at RGU’s Faculty of Health and Social Care on Friday, August 30 and attracted 70 midwives and student midwives from areas including Grampian, Tayside and the Highlands.
The study day, which was also supported by NHS Grampian, was designed to equip midwives with the training and education to promote waterbirth as a peaceful and safe option of childbirth delivery.
It was led by experienced midwife Dianne Garland who has worked in the field for more than 30 years and has amassed a wealth of clinical, managerial and educational experience.
Jayne Forrest, Midwifery Lecturer Practitioner at RGU and NHS Grampian, helped organise the event. She said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to the study day and are pleased we were able to fill all of our allocated places so quickly.
“Dianne is highly respected in the field and an inspiration to midwives around the country. It’s great to see such a high level of interest from those who are keen to learn more about waterbirth techniques and we plan to hold similar events again in the future.
“Increasing numbers of women are choosing to use water for giving birth and now it is commonplace for pools to be available within birthing facilities. By improving the practitioners’ skills and confidence more women will have the opportunity to discuss labour and birth in the water as an option.”
Topics covered at the study day included robust clinical care, waterbirth theories and engagement, research, teaching and the need to accentuate waterbirth as a normal, healthy and safe way to give birth.
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