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Interpreters play a vital role in helping patients and medical staff communicate effectively during childbirth. The presence of an interpreter can make all the difference for non-native speakers who may struggle to understand medical terminology or express their concerns and needs. However, interpreting for childbirth can be complex and challenging, requiring specialised knowledge and skills.

Understanding the different situations and problems that can arise in the pregnancy, birth, and postnatal phases is crucial for interpreters. For example, in the antenatal phase, interpreters may need to assist with explaining medical procedures, discussing prenatal care options, or interpreting for patients in special situations, such as when a foetus has no viability. 

During childbirth, interpreters may need to facilitate communication between medical staff, family members, and patients, and ensure that everyone is on the same page regarding different birthing methods, induction of labour, assisted labour, emergency cesareans, etc. After the birth, interpreters may need to assist with breastfeeding support, explain discharge instructions, or interpret during follow-up appointments.

To help interpreters navigate these challenges where not much training is available, we are collaborating with Mara Ricoy – Birth educator and DPSI Health qualified interpreter – to offer a unique 2-part workshop called Childbirth, the Interpreter’s Perspective. 

In part one, Mara will cover the language and interpretation aspects of pregnancy, common situations, who’s who in antenatal care, and special situations.

Part two focuses on different birthing methods, including induction, assisted labor, and postnatal care. 

By attending this workshop, interpreters will gain a deeper understanding of the birth process and enhance their skills, knowledge and terminology to work in this specific field. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your interpreting skills and make a difference in the lives of patients and medical staff. 

Join us on:

Monday the 17th April and Monday the 24th April from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for our 2-part workshop Childbirth, the Interpreter’s Perspective. 

Price: £20 

All attendees will receive a copy of the presentation and a glossary. You will also have access to a recording of both parts of the workshop for a period of 30 days, giving you the chance to catch it if you can’t attend live or to watch it again at your own pace and let it land even deeper.

Read more and register here.

We look forward to having you join us live!