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We can tackle covert and overt racism through self-love


Paul Golden: “We do not need to fix others; we need to fix ourselves"


Bias against BAME mothers arises in medical professionals of all backgrounds and can even be directed against people from the same culture says midwife, mediator and lecturer Paul Golden. The remedy is to encourage self-love in the expectant mother and the medical staff writes Ryan Collins

Mr. Golden – who will be travelling from France to deliver two workshops at this year’s BAME Maternity Birthing With Colour Conference in London – says he has witnessed instances of racism against expectant mothers from the BAME communities during his time working for the NHS, including where the doctor or midwife or nurse and the expectant mother are from the same community.

He says this discrimination can be linked to an immigrant consciously or subconsciously believing or finding that to get on in a new country they need to take on the conscious or subconscious prejudices of the host community. One of the saddest outcomes is reduced care for the patient.

This is a trauma for the doctor, midwife or nurse and the expectant mother.

This is a trauma for the doctor, midwife or nurse and the expectant mother.

The solution he will tell delegates at this year’s BAME Maternity Birthing With Colour Conference is self-love. In other words: “we do not need to fix others; we need to fix ourselves. If we present ourselves well, the patient will feel better and more secure”.


If we present ourselves well, the patient will feel better and more secure

Mr Golden says he has witnessed the transformation that can take place through self-love during the time he spent in the Australian outback among Aboriginal communities. Healing came not only for individuals but for entire communities.

“Everyone [to some extent] is a wounded child. When we recognise this, we stop pushing back against others [inside and outside our communities] and ourselves. Boundaries are [best] set and crossed with love. Without it, we have nothing”.

About Paul Golden

Paul Golden is a clinical independent midwife, mediator and lecturer. He lectures and delivers workshops for midwives on regulation, communication/mediation and clinical skills training. He is a visiting lecturer throughout Europe, Asia, China, Russia, and Australia. He is specialist in related legal, mediation, administrative and healthcare quality, risk and safety issues.

At BAME Maternity Birthing With Colour Mr Golden will be delivering a workshop on mediation in midwifery and a second workshop on human rights in healthcare.

About BAME Birthing With Colour

BAME Birthing With Colour is a one day conference organised by registered charity The Brun Bear Foundation in association with a top team of healthcare professionals led by Helen Knower, Director of Midwifery, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

The conference’s objectives are to draw together medical professionals, policy makers, the third sector, community groups and mothers themselves for an outstanding programme that helps shape, deliver, direct and influence higher standards of BAME Maternity care.

Proceeds from the day – which is being organised on an entirely voluntary basis – will support relevant medical and other causes.

For more information including speaking, attendance, sponsorship, media and supporting organisation opportunities please email team@bamematernity.com


To secure your ticket please visit www.bamematernity.com

Author: Ryan Collins

Subeditor: Edwin Lampert

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