As another hectic year draws to a close we have the opportunity to look back and take stock of what has been a record breaking year for Maternity & Midwifery Forum.

We have been lucky enough to travel around the UK meeting more amazing Midwives, Doulas and Healthcare Professionals than ever before at our Festivals in London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and Edinburgh – incredibly more than 3000 of you attended one of our events in 2018.

In April we launched our YouTube channel which already features more than 80 videos and has been named as one of the top 10 midwifery channels on YouTube. Across our Facebook, Vimeo and YouTube channels we have had more than 30,000 video views this year alone.

With Christmas approaching critics are busy compiling their year-end lists covering everything from gadgets to movies. Here at Maternity & Midwifery Forum we are no different and have created our very own Top 10 list of the most popular, most watched videos we have featured over the past 12 months.

So without further ado, counting down from 10 to 1, here are our Midwifery Stars of 2018!

#10. “Norwegian manual perineum protection technique”
Hana Kleprlikova, Clinical and Research Midwife, Croydon University Hospital

#9. “Supporting women, families and professionals through cancer and beyond”
Pete Wallroth, Founder and CEO, Mummy’s Star

#8. “Seeding baby’s microbiome – how baby’s bacterial start can change their life”
Bridget Supple, Founder, Seeding Baby’s Microbiome

#7. “Perinatal Mental Health: Supporting all Parents for Better Outcomes”
Mark Williams, Founder, Fathers Reaching Out

#6. “Are you Listening to me? A Feminist Participatory Action Research Study”
Dr Helen Shallow, Writer, Presenter and Midwifery Consultant

#5. “Making a difference to women’s lives: contemporary perineal care”
Professor Khaled Ismail, University of Birmingham

#4. “NCT: Parents in Mind “
Agnes Hann and Sarah Hislam

#3. “Breastfeeding as a public health issue…who really decides how we feed our babies?”
Dr Amy Brown, Swansea University

#2. “Midwifery practice & the revised RCOG guidelines on Group B Strep”
Jane Plumb, Founder and CEO, Group B Strep Support

So on to our Number 1 most watched video of 2018. With an incredible 12,000 views is David Monteith, Actor, Director, Stillbirth Activist and Founder of Grace in Action.

This presentation was made at the Northern Maternity & Midwifery Festival in Manchester and in a first at one of our events, received a well deserved standing ovation from the audience. David shared the stunningly moving, heartbreaking, yet ultimately inspirational story of his daughter Grace and his family’s experience of stillbirth.

#1. “Stillbirth: Death by another name”
David Monteith, Founder, Grace in Action

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our speakers this year, who have been so generous in sharing their time, insight and expertise with the midwifery community and we look forward to seeing you all in 2019!

Happy Christmas from the team at Maternity & Midwifery Forum!

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