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Dr. Kathryn Gutteridge, Registered Nurse & Midwife, Psychotherapist MSC & Doctor of Science

  • Country: UK

First and foremost Dr. Kathryn Gutteridge is a mother, wife and latterly grandmother, her personal life has always largely informed her practice and she is always careful to remember that the women she meets are also like her in that they belong to a family.

Dr. Gutteridge a freelance consultant midwife one of the first in the UK and formerly employed at 2 very large and diverse maternity units. Her career started in the 1970's in nursing however midwifery was always her ambition and particularly the nurturance of midwifery led care.

Dr. Gutteridge is a practicing psychotherapist interested in the emotional impact of childbirth; in part due to her own mothering experiences and research. She has worked closely with women to understand this phenomenon and researched emotional transition to motherhood.

Raising awareness for maternal mental health and particularly women surviving sexual abuse, Dr. Gutteridge co-founded Sanctum Midwives campaigning on maternity care and sexual abuse. She has worked for many years raising awareness around the issues of maternal mental health and supporting both women and all those who work in maternity care situations. She believes positive mental health is the cornerstone to mothering and self fulfilment.

Dr. Gutteridge has published widely in peer review journals but also in many books. Her latest publication is 'Understanding Anxiety, Worry and Fear in Childbearing Women' which she edited and wrote 4 chapters. She is currently writing on the issues of child and adult female sexual abuse and its implications.

Dr. Gutteridge cares very deeply about women and their babies that they may come through their pregnancy and birth unharmed. She will continue to do this for the sake of midwives everywhere.

2017 -2021 Dr Gutteridge was elected to the position of Royal College of Midwives President. An ambassadorial role that goes back to the formation of the RCM.

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