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25/02/2011

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Friday 25 February 2011

Jenni Murray presents: Are women being denied epidurals during childbirth? A survey by the Birth Trauma Association found that many women felt they had been denied the pain relief they required during labour.
One year after the earthquake in Haiti, the country's burgeoning women's movement has been virtually wiped out, how can it get back on track? Singer June Tabor performs a song from her latest album Ashore, a collection of songs inspired by the sea. Michael Hoskins talks about his new book which celebrates the work of astronomers Caroline Herschel.

Chapters

4 items
  • Epidurals

    The NHS is accused of withholding pain relief from women giving birth. Lucy Jolin of the Birth Trauma Association and Breedagh Hughes, Royal College of Midwives discuss.

  • Discoverers of the Universe

    Michael Hoskins tells the story of William and Caroline Herschel, the famous brother and sister astronomy team who between them discovered Uranus and transformed our view of the Universe

  • Rape in Haiti

    One year after the earthquake in Haiti, there are also reports of an increase in sexual violence against women. Anne McConnell-Wisskirchen and Chiara Ligouri discuss.

  • June Tabor

    The singer June Tabor has just released her latest album Ashore, a collection of songs inspired by the sea. June talks to Jenni and performs live in the studio.

  • Epidurals during labour

    A survey by the Birth Trauma Association found that many women felt they’d been denied the right type of pain relief during childbirth. Many of the women surveyed said lack of resources played a large part in why anaesthesia was unavailable, but some said it wasn’t the whole problem. They said that their midwife had denied them an epidural for seemingly no good reason. They felt they were not believed when they told their midwife how much pain they were in. To discuss the issues Jenni is joined by Lucy Jolin, from the Birth Trauma Association and Breedagh Hughes, from the Royal College of Midwives.

  • June Tabor

    June Tabor

    June Tabor went to Oxford University and appeared as a contestant on University Challenge while she was there. She was a librarian for many years and then ran a restaurant in the Lake District. Over 20 years ago, at the age of 40 she became a full time singer and in 2004 she was named folk singer of the year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Her latest album, Ashore, is her thirteenth as a solo vocalist. The album is a collection of songs inspired by the sea. June talks about her work and performs a song from the album, The Bleacher Lass of Kelvinhaugh.

    June Tabor
  • Rape in Haiti

    One year after the earthquake in Haiti, the country’s burgeoning women’s movement has been virtually wiped out. Activists were killed and the government is struggling; the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Women’s Rights has been disbanded as a result. There are also reports from Amnesty International of an increase in sexual violence against women, many of whom are now living in camps. So how can women’s movement of Haiti get back on track. Chiara Liguori, Caribbean Researcher for Amnesty International and Anne McConnell-Wisskirchen, Co-ordinator Haiti Support Group join Jenni to discuss the issues.

  • Caroline Herschel

    Caroline Herschel

    Caroline Herschel discovered nine comets and was the first woman in history to be paid a salary for her work as an astronomer. Her brother, William Herschel, discovered the planet Uranus. Caroline assisted him in his observations and became an accomplished astronomer in her own right - together they transformed the view of our universe. Writer Michael Hoskin joins Jenni to discuss her life and work.



    Discoverers of the Universe by Michael Hoskin is published by Princeton University Press

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