Professor Denis Walsh was at the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work this week (Monday 11 March) to lead a study session about the importance of encouraging natural childbirth without medical interventions.
One of only a handful of male midwives in the UK, Denis has worked in a variety of midwifery roles over the last 25 years. He is currently Associate Professor in Midwifery at the University of Nottingham and is one of the most influential midwives in the UK.
Professor Walsh explained that it is possible to avoid common interventions such as anaesthetic medications, inductions, forceps deliveries and caesarean sections through factors such as the use of water, maternal positions and mobility, providing a restful environment and understanding the effect of hormones at each stage of labour.
Dr Lesley Choucri of the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, said: “Midwives are constantly battling for normal childbirth in an environment where medical interventions have become routine.
“Denis’s talk was inspirational because it offered many solutions to help encourage the emotional and physical rhythms of labour which bring about a natural birth.”
The event was organised by student midwife Mimi Younger and attended by around 150 students and midwives from across Greater Manchester.