Interview with Anna Lyons & Sarah Esegbona-Adeigbe
Anna Lyons & Sarah Esegbona-Adeigbe are both Senior Lecturers in Midwifery within LSBU’s School of Health and Social Care. They will be focusing on women and health inequalities in a session entitled ‘The truth about women’s healthcare, past imperfect.’
They’ll discuss a number of topics including the need to review local & national policy on women’s health, access to services and mortality rates.
To start with, can you tell our audience why it is so important to consider women’s health as a sustainability issue?
Sarah: Health is wealth, once everyone has equitable health care services then other problems become surmountable.
Anna: Women's health needs to have equal status in healthcare if there is to be any future balance. There are so many differences in what is available for women that there is only so long that the term 'post code' lottery can be accepted. There needs to be a change is perspective so that progression is achieved for all in healthcare.
One of the principles of the event series in myth-busting. In the work you both do, what’s the biggest myth that needs to be brought to light?
Sarah: Simply accessing healthcare services does not mean that the right care is received.
Anna: That while there are healthcare services for women that not all healthcare services have evolved equally. Services are subject to a post code lottery and that you may need to seek further advice to ensure that you have the most effective care.
What do you believe are some of the biggest barriers in access to services for many women?
Sarah: Lack of cultural sensitivity and awareness leading to poor cultural safety.
Anna: Knowledge of services that are available to them is one of the biggest barriers, often leading to a delay or with in appropriate for the woman.
You’re both incredibly passionate about women’s health which is reflected in your teaching. What inspires you the most about your students?
Sarah: The ability to overcome challenges and motivation to improve maternity services.
Anna: That all students have a part to play in the support of women and they are the future for maternity services, that women access for effective and evidence based care.
Finally, what are your hopes for the future of women’s health?
Sarah: Health care that considers women’s needs holistically, more expenditure in maternity services. and reduction in maternal mortality.
Anna: That women's health care equates with the commitment that they provide to their families, the community and nationally. Women being finally able to have all services to support their needs in their healthcare continuum.
Anna & Sarah will be presenting at 2.35pm on Friday 15th January under the day dedicated to ‘Equality’.
For more information and to register for this event, which will be delivered online, visit the event page.