Policing Pregnancy: a One-Day Conference on Maternal Autonomy, Risk and Responsibility

The Policing Pregnancy conference is a collaboration between British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), Birthrights and the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, and will explore the provision of behavioural advice and care to pregnant women. The event is of interest to practitioners, advocates, academics, policy makers, journalists – and anyone else who is concerned about the expansion of risk thinking and its effects for the autonomy and choice-making ability of women.
Event Programme:

9-9.30am Registration

9.30-11am Keynote Lecture: Policing pregnant women in the United States of America
Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director, National Advocates for Pregnant Women

Respondent: Dr Ellie Lee, Reader in Social Policy, University of Kent
Chair: Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs, bpas

11-11.20am Coffee

11.20am – 13.00pm ‘No drinking’ policy and advocacy: perspectives from Europe
– Dr Anna Leppo, University of Helsinki
– Professor Robbie Sutton, Professor of Social Psychology, University of Kent
‘Communicating risk consciousness: a study from the UK’
– Dr Raphael P Hammer, Haute Ecole de Sante Vaud, Institute of Health Research
Lausanne, Switzerland
Chair: Dr Jan Macvarish, University of Kent

13.00-1.45pm – Lunch

1.45-3pm Policing obesity in pregnancy: roundtable discussion
– Dr Pam Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Aston University
– Dr Rachel M. Calogero, Reader in Psychology, University of Kent
– Sarah Davies, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, University of Salford
– Shaheen Hashmat, bpas

3-3.30pm – Coffee

3.30-4.30pm Policing Birth
– Rebecca Schiller, Birthright
– Elizabeth Prochaska, Birthrights
Respondent: Kirstie Coxon, Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Midwifery, Kings College London
Respondent: Jennie Bristow, Lecturer in Sociology, Canterbury Christ Church University
Chair: Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs, bpas

4.30-4.45pm Closing remarks


Queries & Registration

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