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Agenda announced for Scottish Maternity & Midwifery Festival

Scotland’s first Festival of Maternity and Midwifery takes place on Tuesday 28th November 2017 in Edinburgh.

The festival is part of the Maternity & Midwifery event series – free to attend, regional professional development forums for midwives, health visitors, other allied healthcare professionals wishing to update their skills and knowledge around key issues.

The agenda for the day, chaired by Midwifery Consultant Sue Macdonald, is now available and features an expert line up of speakers, including a keynote address by Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport.

Full details regarding the festival can be found on the event website here, and delegates can book their free place at the event here.

Festival presentations include:


Keynote Address
Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport
The Best Start Programme
Jane Grant, Chief Executive, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Chair of the Best Start Implementation Programme Board
The Lancet Series On Midwifery: What Impact Has It Had And What Are The Next Steps?
Professor Alison McFadden, Senior Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Dundee
Never a dull moment…
Terri Coates, Midwifery Advisor, Call The Midwife
The Law And The Midwife – Update
Dr Andrew Symon, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Dundee
The Law And The Midwife – Update
Dr Andrew Symon, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Dundee
Normal Birth
Speaker to be announced
Taking Charge – Women’s Careers
Speaker to be announced


How to… revitalise workplace culture!
Rosemary Exton, Midwife Band 7/ Research Consultant, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust; Workplace Innovation
An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of provider interaction from the perspectives of women with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Post Childbirth (PTSD-PC) and midwives
Jenny Patterson, Midwife/ PhD Student, Edinburgh Napier University
Anna Byrom, Editor, The Practising Midwife
Are we moving forward with the role of Consultant Midwives in the UK?
Dr Rupa Chilvers, Professional Advisor, Royal College of Midwives and Caitlin Wilson, UK Consultant Midwives Network
Perinatal mental health problems – the development of a screening scale for antenatal anxiety
Andrea Sinesi, PhD Fellow, University of Stirling
Pan London Triennial review paperwork – a collaborative approach
Lindsay Gillman, Associate Professor, Department of Midwifery, Kingston and St George’s University
Next generation screening: Ultrasound and NIPT
Judith Pilling DCR(R) DMU MHSc, Director, this is my: Health Screening & Ultrasound Centre and Expert Clinical Specialist
Water birth of another kind
Alice Gautreau, Midwife, Medicins Sans Frontieres
Supporting parents with a diagnosis of Down’s Syndrome
Jo Hughes, Family Support Service Manager, Down’s Syndrome Scotland
“Confident Birth”: how to lessen fear and stress during birth
Susanna Heli, Physiotherapist and Writer, Confident Birth
The role of traditional Chinese medicine before, during and after childbirth
Professor Mei Xing, Director, Acuhealth Clinic
Midwifery practice and revised RCOG guidelines on Group B Streptococcus: insight from affected families
Jane Plumb, Chief Executive, Group B Strep
Continuity of carer and local delivery of care
Kirstie Campbell, Secretariat, NHS Scotland
Development and evaluations of the OASI Care Bundle: A quality improvements project to reduce the rates of severe perineal trauma
Dr Posy Bidwell, Research Fellow, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The Journey of blood for mum and baby
Jennifer Wilson, Head of Donor Marketing and Engagements, The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Services (SNBTS)
Ready Steady Baby! Learn about Redesigning Health Information for Parents (ReHIP), and influence the design of new products
Debbie Sigerson, Health Improvement Manager, NHS Health Scotland
Laura Brown, Senior Health Improvement Officer, Marketing and Digital Services Team, NHS Health Scotland
Teaching Accident and Emergency Department staff how to resuscitate the pregnant woman, including perimortem caesarean section
Lucy Powls, Educational Lead, SMMDP, NHS Education for Scotland
Case for group parenting antenatal classes
Lovett Okeke, Independent Healthcare Professional


Below you can watch some of the presentations from our most recent event in Manchester so you can get a feel for the kind of day you can expect at the Scottish Maternity & Midwifery Festival. We hope to see you in Edinburgh!

Recent Presentations:

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