SERIES 2 EP.10: Plastic and waste in maternity - what midwives can do

In this episode of Midwifery Hour series two, Sue Macdonald, Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery; Curator and Chair, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Dr Lorna Davies, Academic Manager and Associate Head of Midwifery, Ara Institute of Canterbury, New Zealand and Ashley Artusa-Barrell, Founder and campaigner, My Son's Planet.


This episode focused on sustainability in maternity. Over consumption, over reliance on plastic single use and disposable items are all damaging the planet at a far greater pace than previously understood.

The Covid-19 pandemic, with millions of discarded masks and gloves now finding their way into the ocean, also looks set to have a major impact on the environment.

A must for all healthcare professionals who would like recommendations on how to live more sustainably, this episode will explore midwives’ views of sustainability and offer practical tips on what we can all do to reduce climate change and waste in both the workplace and at home.


This episode of the Maternity & Midwifery Hour – proudly supported by MATFLIX – focused on 'Plastic and waste in maternity - what Midwives can do'.


Host Sue Macdonald (Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery; Curator and Chair, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals) was joined by Dr Lorna Davies (Academic Manager and Associate Head of Midwifery, Ara Institute of Canterbury, New Zealand) and Ashley Artusa-Barrell (Founder and campaigner, My Son's Planet).


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Ashley Artusa-Barrell


Dr Lorna Davies


Sue Macdonald


You can listen to the episode on your podcast app of choice: Spotify, Apple Podcasts or Anchor.


DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: The next episode 11: Long Covid - Lessons for Midwives and will go LIVE via the Maternity and Midwifery Facebook here.


Register your place here for EP.11 - Long Covid - Lessons for Midwives


See all references and resources from Series 1 and 2 here.

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