Childbirth and the Court of Protection

Childbirth and the Court of Protection

CategorySeminars Archive Author Victoria Butler-Cole KC Date

39 Essex Chambers’ joint seminar with Birthrights & Queen Mary University

Date & Time:

Wednesday 8th March 2017 – 5:00pm – 7:00pm


39 Essex Chambers
81 Chancery Lane

Chaired by:

  • Mrs Justice Parker DBE

Presented by:

  • Professor Lesley Page CBE, President of The Royal College of Midwives
  • Dr Daghni Rajasingam, Consultant Obstetrician, Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Jo Black, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director for Perinatal Mental Health at NHS England
  • Polly Sands, specialist perinatal mental health midwife at Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Trust
  • Seaneen Molloy-Vaughan, writer, mental health blogger, and mum of one
  • Elizabeth Prochaska, Matrix Chambers and Birthrights
  • Victoria Butler-Cole, 39 Essex Chambers

This seminar will take a critical look at forced caesarean decisions in the Court of Protection including:

  • What is the appropriate threshold for capacity to make childbirth decisions? How does the court’s assessment of capacity in childbirth compare to capacity to make other reproductive decisions?
  • What evidence does the court use to assess a woman’s best interests in childbirth? Are there more sources of evidence on which the court could draw?
  • How can the court be better informed of the woman’s preferences?
  • What role does safety of the foetus play in decision-making?
  • What is the procedure for bringing these cases to court? Can it be improved?

To view the full flyer, please click here.

To reserve a space, please contact:

Beth Williams

Beth Williams


020 7832 1155

39 Essex Chambers is accredited by the Law Society and the Bar Council to provide CPD accredited courses.

This course is accredited for 2 CPD hours.

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