This workshops aim is to bring together academics, policy makers, practitioners and parents to discuss ethical issues surrounding breastfeeding, breastfeeding promotion and breastfeeding support. There is a particular focus on how researchers in ethics might be able to help practitioners and policy makers (and of course, parents!) and on how parents, practitioners and policy makers can inform research.
This workshop is sponsored by the Southampton Ethics Centre.
Fiona Woollard, Associate Professor in Philosophy, University of Southampton
Fiona works in the Philosophy of Preganncy, Birth and Early Motherhood, with a special interest in breastfeeding promotion and issues of guilt and shame surrounding infant feeding decisions. She argues that identifying philosophical mistakes in the way we think about maternal behaviour can depolarise the conversation around infant feeding and improve the well-being of mothers.
Abigail Locke, Professor in Psychology, University of Bradford
Abigail is a critical social/health psychologist and has research interests around gender, identity, parenting and qualitative methodologies. Her current research work focuses on societal constructions of ‘good’ motherhood’ and ‘good fatherhood’, and she has applied this lens to issues around stay-at-home-dads, infant feeding and the timing of motherhood. Abigail is committed to a vision of psychology as a broad and diverse discipline. Abigail has strong links with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is currently Deputy-Chair of the BPS Research Board and a Trustee.
Anthea Tenant-Eyles, Programme Manager (South), Breastfeeding Network
Anthea began training as a Breastfeeding Network peer supporter in 2009, going on to work as deputy co-ordinator for the Islington Peer Support Project in London and qualifying as a BfN tutor and supervisor in 2015. Prior to having her two children, Anthea worked as a post-doctoral research scientist and combines this, with her peer support experience, in providing overarching support to BfN projects in the South of England. Having recently relocated to the welsh borders, she continues to support mums through taking calls on the National Breastfeeding Helpline
Additional Panel Members
Elizabeth Cluett, Lead Midwife for Education, University of Southampton
Liz is a Senior lecturer and Lead Midwife for Education, within the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton. As a practising midwife and an experienced educationally focused academic, Elizabeth’s role is to lead on the development and provision of high quality education based on best evidence, so contributing to the develop of current and future health care practitioners, particularly midwives, so through their learning the quality of client care is enhanced.
Elselikn Kingma, Associate Professor in Philosophy, University of Southampton
Elselijn has recently won a major grant from the ERC for her project on the metaphysics of pregnancy, but is also interested in Philosophy of Pregnancy, Birth and Early Motherhood more widely. Before studying Philosophy, Elselijn obtained undergraduate degrees in Clinical Medicine (2004) and Cognitive & Neuro Psychology (2004) at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. She uses her interdiscplinary background to inform her work on discussion of maternal behaviour.
10am Welcome and introductions
10.15- 11.00 Abigail Locke, Professor in Psychology, University of Bradford.
11.00-11.45 Fiona Woollard, Associate Professor in Philosophy, University of Southampton
11.45- 12.00 Coffee Break
12.00- 12.45 - Anthea Tenant-Eyles, Programme Manager (South), Breastfeeding Network
12.45 - 2pm Lunch and networking
2pm- 3pm Panel discussion
3pm - 5pm optional networking in pub.
Registration is free and refreshments will be provided.
The event is wheelchair accessible, and an induction loop (or Roger Pen) can be made available. However, some adjustments may need to be made to some activities so please do let us know when registering. We expect to be able to book Lactation Rooms, Rest Rooms, Sign Language Interpreters and Electronic Note-takers, but we can only guarantee availability if requests have been received by 1st January 2017. (We will of course do our absolute best to meet any requests made after this time.) Please contact: email@example.com if you have any queries.
We welcome babies and small children. If you intend to bring a baby or child, please contact us so we can do everything we can to make you and your little one as comfortable as possible. (We should note that due to room availability the room we have booked is not super-ideal for babies and children but we can certainly accommodate them.)
(Image: By honey-bee (Flickr: breast feeding) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)