Dr. Amali Lokugamage – Birth Confidence Summit

Lecture: Undoing systemic biases and privileges in maternity  care starts at 3 minutes 20.

Below are the books that are referenced in the interview including Dr. Amali's own book about her birth experience and how it transformed her, The Heart in The Womb

White Fragility by Robin Diangeld

Witches Midwives and Nurses by Deirdre English and Barbara Ehrenreich

Dr. Amali Lokugamage Bio.

Amali Lokugamage is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and is Deputy Lead of the Clinical and Professional Practice Department of UCL Medical School. She worked on a UCL decolonising the medical curriculum project. Dr Lokugamage is interested in equality, diversity, human rights in healthcare and improving professional behaviours. She has an interest in holistic obstetrics and gynaecology. Dr Lokugamage has written a book called The Heart in the Womb: An Exploration of Human Love and Social Cohesion.

Dr Amali Lokugamage also has a You Tube Channel where you can view more of her work and  lectures including, The Costs of institutional births and Mindfulness, Resilience and Panic Attacks as well as her interview with Suzanne Arms embedded below.

Time Stamps

3.20  Undoing systemic biases and privileges in maternity  care starts. 

Discussing :

  • Power imbalances in maternity care
  • Maternal mortality
  • Decolonisation
  • Cultural safety
  • Privilege frailty

7.25 liberating the curriculum. Challenging the  Eurocentric, white male dominated curriculum

15.27 Power hierarchies in medicine

21.17 Pedagogical changes including teaching students to detect differing symptoms in different skin tones.

25.33 High profile example: Serena Williams

26.45 Dr Rupa Marya Video clip about woman being nearly missed for having a stroke as Doctors dismissed her pains.

31.10 Cultural Safety

32.20 Unconscious bias training.

33.38 Geographic bias

38.23 Well being agenda and indigenous healing ideas

40.07 Procedures of Limited Clinical Effectiveness -  not looking at all evidence only considering NICE.

45.26 Next steps for diversity equality and decolonising health care

51.16 Dr. Amalis experience of becoming a mother.

Charlotte Kanyi