The Maternity & Midwifery Forum, in partnership with 5 different charities around the UK, is launching a new scheme to raise money for worthy charities AND to get students who otherwise would not be able to attend our Maternity & Midwifery Festivals to take part in on-campus live streaming parties.

This will be an opportunity for you and your students to raise money for charity (who doesn’t love a cake sale?!) to learn from the number of leading midwifery experts who will be speaking at the event, and to promote your Midwifery Society within the university.

All you would need to do is:

  • find a room to show the live-stream in – we’ll send you the link in advance, and be on hand to provide technical support if needed
  • promote your ‘live-streaming party’ to students – we’ll send you as much promotional material as we can to help with this
  • provide us with a name and address for the charity to send things to (goodies, informational leaflets, collection buckets, etc).

We will provide the full festival line-up in advance, as well as a short video from the charity, introducing themselves and the live stream. How you choose to run the day – as a formal lecture and networking session or a drop-in event (with cake) – is up to you!

This would be a great project for a student to have on their CV, plus the lectures count towards revalidation for any midwives who take part.

If you are interested, please let us know by calling Katherine Stewart on 0207 324 4330 or emailing



JOEL The Complete Package

JOEL became a registered charity in 2014 and its main aim is to support families through pregnancy and parenting after baby loss. In the same year, JOEL were given permission by Bassetlaw Hospital to raise funds and manage the renovation of a Birth Room on the labour ward into a dual purpose Family Suite, with the priority for bereaved families. The work was completed in July 2016 at a cost of £40,000.

Team JOEL is now a committee of nine members, most of whom have experienced the sheer devastation of pregnancy and baby loss. Each member is committed to raising awareness and providing support to other families. Support is available online, via closed Facebook groups and email. The committee meet on the first Saturday of each month within our local community.

Along the way, we have met the most incredible, brave and inspirational families, who offer wonderful support to others in times when they themselves are still in need of support. No matter how long ago you experienced your loss, at any stage of pregnancy, during labour or after birth, we will support you. It is important to know and understand that you are never alone.