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  • Date and time: Monday 5 June 2023, 2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Explore Haxby and Wigginton Library, Reid Park (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Join us for an insightful workshop and discussion about communication during childbirth.

Research on childbirth in midwife-led units shows the limited scope for women’s participation in decisions. How can this be changed?

This workshop, hosted by University of York sociologists Ellen Annandale, Sian Beynon-Jones and Clare Jackson, will address this important question, showing video and audio recordings of labour and birth, and inviting your participation in discussion. 

Together you will explore questions such as: How do women communicate their bodily sensations to midwives? How do they communicate their needs (e.g., in terms of pain relief)? And how do the midwives respond?

Find out how innovative research methods can help us ask new questions about women’s communication during labour and birth, and reflect on how childbirth should take place in the future.

Content warning: Some images will be shared that are not suitable for young children.

About the speakers

Ellen Annandale is a Professor of Sociology at the University of York. Her research focuses on gender and health, reproduction and childbirth. She is the author of several books, including Women’s Health and Social Change.

Sian Beynon-Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of York. She has a longstanding research interest in the sociology of reproduction and has been involved in a number of projects exploring aspects of pregnancy and birth.

Clare Jackson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of York. Her research uses conversation analysis, which is a method for understanding how talk works. Her recent work uses conversation analysis to examine how decisions are made in healthcare discussions.


University of York

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible