Sheila Kitzinger 2015-16 Programme Events

Maternity Care

Sheila Kitzinger Programme Events: October 2015 Maternity Care

Held in October 2015, the inaugural research seminar was curated by Lesley Page, President of the Royal College of Midwives and Visiting Professor of Midwifery at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, Kings College London.

An invited group of lay and professional experts in pregnancy and maternity care met at Green Templeton College for two days of presentations and intensive discussion of the evidence around continuity in midwifery-led care. Among the participants was Baroness Julia Cumberlege, chair of the National Maternity Review.

The final report of the research seminar was published jointly by Green Templeton College and King’s College London in April 2016 entitled, Relationships: the pathway to safe, high-quality maternity care. It provides a comprehensive review of the current evidence of the benefits  of continuity of midwife care to women, their families and the National Health Service

Female Genital Mutilation

Sheila Kitzinger Programme: FGM seminar

This event in February 2016 provided an opportunity to share findings from research on a small Green Templeton College grant led by Sharon Dixon, Lisa Hinton and Green Templeton College research fellow Louise Locock, and supported by Brenda Kelly, lead clinician for the Oxford Rose clinic. The aim was to share experience and progress in this field and to develop an agenda for further research .

Participants included members of community groups, people working in clinical services, multi-agency team workers (police, social services and community outreach workers), legal experts, members of charitable organisations, and academics.  The seminar included a dance and song performance by Diasporan Hands, a group of Sierra Leoneans living in the UK, working to empowering women and girls through awareness raising, advocacy, and direct support.

The meeting took place at Green Templeton College, Oxford on February 27 2016 and a workshop report was produced called FGM: where have we got to? And what comes next?

In 2020, a follow-on project from this event was published in the British Journal of General Practice authored by Sharon Dixon, Lisa Hinton and Sue Ziebland called Supporting patients with female genital mutilation in primary care: a qualitative study exploring the perspectives’ of GPs working in England.