Before you watch the video, I want to genuinely thank you. I don't take your time and attention for granted, I know how busy you are.
Thankyou for letting me put this conference together.
Thankyou for letting me address a taboo subject with you.
Thankyou for the many emails and messages telling me the most intimate stories about what happened to you in terms of bullying.
As I say in the video, one of the most exciting lectures in this conference will be from Amanda Burleigh.
She's a modern day midwifery hero who was on a mission to change NHS clinical guidelines so umbilical cords were not cut too early.
To do this she lobbied professional organisations, was persistent for years and got into the papers when she launched a mass petition online.
What we didn't know at the time was that Amanda faced bullying throughout this fight.
At this conference, she will tell us how she helped change UK practice despite this and now runs a support group for anyone experiencing bullying in the maternity services.
She has never shared her story publicly before.
This is why the conference is imperative: stories like this need to be told and tools and strategies need to be common knowledge.
Since the start of the 'Say No To Bullying In Midwifery Group':
- Students and midwives who thought they were 'paranoid' are receiving support from senior midwives and having their rights and pathway to get help set out for them
- Institutionalised bullying has been identified, those involved have been given emotional support and advised on going to the CQC/union/managers
- One student who has suffered abuse has been able to get support from a senior midwifery consultant to help her complete her training
It takes no energy at all to say 'it's just what midwifery is like' but the world has never been changed by that kind of thought.
If you're an aspiring or student midwife we would especially love to see you there.
But if you can't come, whatever happens and wherever you get your support from, please know you're important and I'm on your side. Midwifery needs you.
All my best,
P.S There is a free mini e-book I made on the subject of bullying in midwifery for you here. I hope you find it helpful! It's on The Five Facts You Should Know About UK Bullying in Midwifery – And What To Do About Them