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

We have been lucky enough to travel around the UK meeting more amazing Midwives, Student Midwives, Doulas and Healthcare Professionals than ever before at our Festivals in London, Leicester, Cardiff, Manchester and Edinburgh – incredibly more than 3000 of you attended one of our events in 2019 with thousands more watching online.

Our Facebook, Vimeo and YouTube channels have expanded steadily and our video library now contains more than 1000 expert presentations, receiving tens of thousands of views each and every month.

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 2019!

#10. “Outpatient Induction of Labour Using Double Balloon Cervical Ripening Catheter”
Linda Stewart, Senior Charge Midwife, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, NHS Grampian


#9. “Seeding baby’s microbiome: how a baby’s bacterial start can change their life”

Bridget Supple, Founder of Seeding Baby’s Microbiome

#8. “Breastfeeding as a public health issue – who really decides how we feed our babies?”
Dr Amy Brown, Associate Professor, Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences, Swansea University

#7. “Maternity Transformation Programme: where we are now”
Claire Mathews, Deputy Head of Maternity Services, NHS England

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

#5. “Meet the Author of Hard Pushed”
Leah Hazard, Midwife and Author of “Hard Pushed”

#4. “Normal Birth… What’s going on?”
Professor Soo Downe, Professor in Midwifery Studies, University of Central Lancaster and Sheena Byrom OBE, Consultant Midwife & Director, All4Maternity

#3. “Midwifery: a global update, what this means for normal labour and birth”
Fran McConville, Midwifery Advisor, World Health Organisation (WHO)

#2. “Non-Surgical Solutions to Diastasis Recti and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction”
Wendy Powell, CEO and Founder, MUTU System

So on to our Number 1 most watched video of 2019 which features Dr Neel Shah of Harvard Medical School revealing the stark statistic that “For an American today, she is 50% more likely to die in childbirth than her own mother was.”

#1. “Growing a Family with Dignity”
Dr Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School; Director, Delivery Decisions Initiative, Harvard’s Ariadne Labs

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 2020!

Happy Christmas from the team at Maternity & Midwifery Forum!

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