Ep 57 (ibit.ly/Re5V) Laura Biggs on finding midwifery, passion for research, and critical role midwives have in preventing maternal suicide
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Join us on an inspiring journey as we chat with Melbourne-based midwife, Laura Biggs, about her fascinating path into midwifery and how her passion for research is driving practice change. Discover the intriguing findings from Laura's honors research on women's experiences of directed and non-directed pushing, and how it can shape our understanding of equity and access in healthcare.
Balancing clinical work with research can be challenging, but Laura shares her experience of navigating this delicate balance while completing her PhD. We explore the importance of having a supportive team, the power of storytelling in midwifery, and her experiences working with a mental health helpline for new mothers. Listen as Laura discusses the need for more research on motherhood and the potential for midwives to work in roles beyond service delivery, such as governance, leadership, education, and research.
Finally, we delve into the unique human experiences of suicidality during the perinatal period and the need to better understand and meet the expectations of those affected. Listen as we explore the concept of shame in motherhood, how it can be addressed in different cultural settings, and the importance of midwives utilizing their skills to make a difference in maternal health. Don't miss this engaging conversation with Laura Beats on the art and science of midwifery and the potential for research to drive meaningful change in practice.
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