Learn how to prevent birth trauma

The unique & exciting art of birth summit will give you amazing practical physiological tips and strategies.
That will make it easy for you to practice safely and create positive birth experiences and outcomes
for mothers and babies, without trauma and unnecessary intervention.


Why is this summit so important?

Well on the whole birth is safer than it's ever been. But there are elements of our practice which are detrimental to mother and baby. And it affects mothers and families more than you think.

Post traumatic stress disorder

Did you know 1:3 mothers report psychological trauma as a result of their birth which is often wrongly diagnosed as depression?

That mothers are unable to talk or even think about their birth without a physiological response eg palpitations, nightmares, feeling edgy, and experiencing panic attacks.

Birth trauma can also affect the mental wellbeing of the baby longterm.

Physical trauma on the rise

A BJOG study suggests 85% of first time mothers experience some form of tear during vaginal birth.

Whilst the number suffering third and 4th degree tears tripled to 1 in 16 mothers between 2010 & 2012.

And now with ultrasound it's seen up to 30% of mothers experience even more severe trauma. Damage to the deeper pelvic floor muscles/ levator ani- which risks mothers developing dropped organs (prolapse), incontinence and sexual problems.

Why is this happening? Reasons include:

It's not inevitable that mothers should be injured during birth. It's preventable.
Improve your practice. Keep your passion.

At the summit you'll learn

Physiology & biomechanics

that creates the right birth enviornment for good outcomes no matter the type of birth


that optimise physiological processes & why there is something even more important than just position.


practices which do not damage mothers and babies or set them on the slippery slope to intervention

Perineal philosophy

which puts to bed the hands posied vs hands on debate & the 3 surprising ways to avoid tearing.

Personalised psychology

that evaluates the priorities, perspectives & practice that mothers want, need & expect from maternity care

You will learn all this & much more using a unique evidenced-based framework for creating the right birth environment despite challenges. It combines physiology, practice, and psychology of birth into - art.
Speakers from fields including midwifery, obstetrics, physiotherapy & psychiatry/ psychology will break down anatomy, physiology & biomechanics etc into simple actionable steps to give you confidence in practice.

Simply doing more Caesareans isn't the answer. Neither is increasing interventions to deal with the damage as this may not always work.

We need to focus on prevention & promoting physiology.

Why the art of birth summit is different

as featured in/ sponsored by:

Hello, I'm Gloria Esegbona - a UK born and trained obstetrician & gynaecologist. I am lucky to have over 15 years experience managing & uniquely, PREVENTING birth trauma in not just the UK but internationally as an obstetric fistula surgeon. Creating positive birth experiences and outcomes for mothers, babies, and birth workers.
As a Winston Churchill fellow, and a humanitarian I have trained hundreds of birth workers and birthed thousands of mothers in the UK, Australia, and several African countries. And helped to set up birthing units and services. Working alongside amazing birth experts and mothers I have learnt ( & am still learning ☺) midwifery, obstetrics, physiology, surgery, biomechanics, pelvic floor ultrasound among others. I have seen that when trauma occurs it usually occurs around the time of birth. I believe this period is all about art – because each and every birth is different. You can’t apply the same principles to every birth – you have to personalize your care each and every time. Appreciating this art reduces trauma.
So I have combined all my experience into a unique art of birth algorithm which has really helped my practice and those I have birthed & trained. My mission along with my fellow speakers, from the fields of midwifery, psychology, physiotherapy etc, is to share this with you & show you what REALLY works. No fluff, gimmicks, guesswork, out of date advice, no complicated strategies that take a PhD to understand. Just simple easy to implement practical advice. That help you to be with mothers and deliver the care they need. That helps you discover & share your art.


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