Closing Keynote Presentation

GOLD Midwifery is pleased to offer our this Keynote Presentation open to the general public. Our Keynote Presentation always discusses historical, biological, or sociological topics, and is meant to appeal to a wide range of health care professionals.

We're thrilled to have Toni Harman, BA, as our Keynote Speaker for this year's GOLD Midwifery Conference. Toni's presentation "Turn the Microscope on Birth: The Microbiome and Midwifery" will be take place Live February 27, 2023 and is open to anyone in the public to attend. We invite you to join us at either of our two live sessions or access the public recordings of this talk until March 18th, 2023. A Certificate of Attendence will be provided.

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Toni Harman, BA
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A graduate of the London Film School, Toni Harman has produced and directed a number of internationally distributed documentary films including MICROBIRTH, about the origins of the human microbiome, FREEDOM FOR BIRTH, about the struggle for women's rights in childbirth and DOULA!, about the work of birth and postnatal doulas. Toni’s extensive research for MICROBIRTH led to her co-authoring the books THE MICROBIRTH EFFECT and YOUR BABY’s MICROBIOME. Toni is also a professional speaker at international conferences about the science of the microbiome and epigenetics. As Educational Leader of the MICROBIOME COURSES online school, with over 37,000 enrolled students, Toni combines knowledge gained from researching the subject for ten years with her extensive experience of running educational one-day and multiple-day workshops for adult learners. 

Abstract: Turn the Microscope on Birth: The Microbiome and Midwifery

Eight years ago, Toni Harman made a documentary called MICROBIRTH. In the film, Hannah Dahlen, a professor of midwifery says, “Turn the microscope on birth. It’s a really important part of a human being’s life”. If we do turn the microscope on birth, we discover the science of the microbiome. This is the science that strongly supports the midwifery profession.

In this presentation, Toni explains some of the critical microscopic events happening during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, and how these events are supported by the work of midwives. Toni makes a case that midwives support the vertical transmission of beneficial microbes from mother to child. This helps protect a child’s long-term health. Toni argues that if we can better support midwives, we can better support parents, and in turn, we can better support and protect the health of the next generation.

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Educational Credit for this presentation is available for conference-registered participants only. Attendees that are registered to the conference will be able to confirm attendance at the Keynote Presentation on their Attendance Record once the GOLD Midwifery Conference gets underway.

*Free access to the general public is only available at the live online presentation or on our website as a recording until March 18, 2023.

*Only participants registered to the full conference will be awarded educational credit for this presentation. A Certificate of Attendence will be provided.

*Please be aware that the Handouts to this presentation are for use only by individuals who have attended the live or recorded version of this presentation; and that they are for personal use only and are not to be shared with other non-attending individuals. Thank you.