Please join us and legendary activist, Beverley Beech, to celebrate an incredible 42 weeks!

Legendary Beverley Beech to close AIMS Ireland’s 42 Weeks Campaign

 “The way a woman gives birth can affect the whole of the rest of her life. How can that not matter? Unless the woman herself does not matter”” ~ Beverley Beech

Please JOIN US on Saturday 29th March to celebrate an incredible 42 weeks!

Where?: Cassidy’s Hotel in Dublin, 6-8 Cavendish Row, Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

When?: 13:00, Saturday, 29 March 2014.

Doors open at 12:30 and admission is €5

Who?: Maternity rights activist, Beverley Beech will be our keynote speaker at the closing event. She will be presenting ‘Informed Choice – an Irish illusion?’

Beverley Laurence Beech is a freelance writer, researcher, campaigner and mother of two who has campaigned to improve maternity care since the birth of her second child in 1976. For six years she was a lay adviser to the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at Oxford and was for seven years a lay member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and a member of the Midwifery Committee of the NMC. She was also a lay member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Maternity Forum, and a founder member of CERES (Consumers for Ethics in Research). She lectures, both nationally and internationally, on consumer issues in maternity care and the medicalisation of birth. She is the honorary chairman of the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (UK).

There will also be presentations from our special guests including:

AIMSI member Nuala Hoey, shares her personal experiences of self advocacy: “Birthing Decisions – A Positive Choice”

Co-chair of AIMS Ireland, Krysia Lynch will speak about “42 weeks in the Irish maternity system; the rights, the wrongs, and the going forwards”

Angela Martin, our 42 weeks photographer will make a presentation on birth photography.

We’ll also have a 42 weeks slideshow overview of the campaign and much more!

What?: 42 weeks is a public information campaign for women giving birth in Ireland. 42 weeks began on Sunday 9 June 2013 and ran for 42 weeks, closing this coming Mother’s Day 2014, Sunday 30 March, focusing on healthy positive birth for healthy mothers and babies through positive Irish birth stories, a gallery of beautiful birth photography, and evidence-based articles to help women make the best choices for themselves and their babies.

Why 42 weeks?: Most pregnancies go to full term, which means that a woman will go into spontaneous labour some time between the 37 and 42 week mark. Our campaign is called 42 weeks to reflect that the vast majority of babies will arrive when they are ready – not on an Estimated Due Date (EDD) but some time during this 5 week window – up to and including 42 weeks gestation.

Hope to see you there!

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