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LIVE STREAM: All-Ireland Maternity & Midwifery Festival 2021

Welcome to the All-Ireland Maternity & Midwifery Online Festival 2021!

The All-Ireland Maternity and Midwifery Festival 2021 will be live streamed on this page on Tuesday 9th February 2021. A day of leadership, education and clinical updates to keep you abreast of the latest developments and innovations in maternity & midwifery care, all available live and on demand. You can chat with fellow delegates and speakers via the chat box below or join the discussion on twitter using the #MidwiferyForum hashtag.


The Live Stream

The festival programme commences at 09:00 and the live stream will play below from 08:45 on Tuesday 9th February. If you experience any issues watching this live stream please refer to the troubleshooting guide at the bottom of the page.


We recommend using Google Chrome (PC) or Safari (Mac) as your browser to view this live stream and participate in the chat. To view the chat function, please log in to chat as a guest. This will enable you to ask questions and discuss the issues raised with other viewers.

Seminar Programme

As well as the live stream above we also have a series of concurrent seminars running throughout the day as Zoom webinars. You are free to switch between the live stream and the Zoom Webinars seminars as you wish, and of course all of today’s presentations will be available to view on demand.

11:30: SESSION 1B Active Birth Centre

(ABC) Gillian Morrow, Project Lead Midwife, Active Birth Centre, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust  

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12:00: SESSION 2BCaring for both full term and pre-term babies’ skin 

Margaret Merrigan-Feenan, Clinical Midwife Manager, Antenatal Educator and Family Planning Counsellor (commissioned by WaterWipes).

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13:45: SESSION 3BThe Nest: Bringing relaxation to maternity staff during Covid-19 Pandemic                                   

Jilly Ireland, Professional Midwifery Advocate, University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust 

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14:15: SESSION 4B The Midwifery Peer Assisted Learning and Support (My PALS) project: Transforming peer support initiatives for undergraduate midwifery students during Covid-19  

Jean Carragher, Midwife Lecturer, Dundalk Institute of Technology

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14:55: SESSION 5BRole of the midwife in developing healthy lives 

Kathy Whyte, Midwife, Nutritionist, Founder of Nurture Mum; Advocate, Influencer of Mum and Baby Health 

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15:25: SESSION 6BThe role of leadership and management in midwifery in the context of a Turkish midwifery educational perspective  

Guldane Damla Kaya, PhD Student, University of Surrey 

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Meet the Experts

Throughout the day we have a range of experts standing by, ready to take your questions live.

Want to say hi to Sheena Byrom and find out All4Maternity’s plans for its journal over the next 12 months? Keen to find out more about COVID-19 publications available from PHE as part of their vaccination programme? Or do you want to hear the latest on how perinatal peer support can contribute to Better Births outcomes?

Find out more about our Meet the Expert sessions on our supporters’ profile pages here.

11:00: Meet the Expert – Mummy’s Star
Paul Wallroth
Join the Zoom meeting HERE

13:15: Meet the Expert – Nursing and Midwifery Council
Dr Jacqui Williams MA, BSc(Hons), RM ADM, Dip AppSS, Senior Midwifery Education Advisor, and Verena Wallace MBE, Senior Midwifery Adviser (Policy), Nursing and Midwifery Council
Join the meeting HERE

13:30: Meet the Expert – MATFLIX
Dr Jenny Hall, Editor, MATFLIX & Midwifery Forum
Join the Zoom meeting HERE 


Webinar ID: 2791453802

14:45: Meet the Expert – The Practising Midwife
Dr Sheena Byrom OBE, Director, All4Maternity
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15:55: Meet the Expert – Active Iron 
Ian Yates, UK Country Lead, Active Iron

Join Zoom Meeting HERE

Meeting ID: 954 4508 0442 | Passcode: 436607

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The Festival Programme


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Download the app

Scan the QR code below or click this Magic link for quick access to the London Maternity and Midwifery Festival 2021 App. In the app you can make a profile in a matter of minutes and then network and connect directly with speakers, exhibitors, colleagues and friends.

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The Exhibition Competition

Just because the festival is entirely online, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a bit of fun during the day and try our luck at winning one of the many great prizes we have lined up for you.

Evaluation Form - Scotland Maternity & Midwifery Festival 2020 (1)

Complete and submit your online evaluation form immediately after the programme has finished. It is important to demonstrate continuing professional development for your revalidation so we ask you to complete this online evaluation form to demonstrate key learning outcomes from the day, engagement with our supporters and give your feedback for future festivals.
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A certificate of attendance will be sent to you in the next 7 days. Please note that, in requesting a certificate of attendance, you agree to our supporters communicating with you direct to provide you with information relating to this event.

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Evaluation form

You must submit an evaluation form in order to receive your revalidation-ready certificate of attendance.

Midlands MMF 2021 Competition Form

MATFLIX: What is the name and title of the Matflix, Editor?(Required)
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Inspiration Healthcare: The LifeStart platform provides bedside stabilisation in;(Required)
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The Practising Midwife: What benefits do members receive from our Member Zone?(Required)
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Mummy's Star: What is the approximate incidence rate of cancer in or around pregnancy in the UK?(Required)
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Parents1st: Which midwife said: “Derby Community Parent Programme aren’t just birthing partners, they are able to provide the care and support that as a midwife I am not always able to give – due to pressures within the unit. It is such a relief when they arrive on Labour Ward with a labouring woman as I know the woman will be well cared for whether I am in or out of the room. It eases the pressures on the staff as they go above and beyond for their women with providing help with physical and emotional support and personal care for mum and baby.”?(Required)
See if you can find the answer here:
This is so we can let you know if you're a winner!

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Live Stream Troubleshooting

We constantly monitor the live stream on multiple devices in a variety of locations to ensure its quality. If there is a problem with the stream we will let viewers know immediately in the chat box.

If you are experiencing problems viewing the stream and there is no announcement in the chat, the likelihood is that the issue is local rather than general. Here are the most common issues viewers encounter:

Browser: Please do not try to watch this stream using internet explorer. Internet explorer does not support live streaming, we recommend using Google Chrome (PC) or Safari (Mac) as your browser to view this live stream and participate in the chat.

Internet speed: The most common issue viewers face is a weak or unreliable WiFi/Broadband signal. If your signal is weak and dropping out the video will keep freezing or buffering. Check your internet connection using Which Broadband Speed Test. An upload speed of 3mbps or higher should mean you are able to play the video. In the worst case scenario try sending the link to this page to your mobile phone and disconnecting your phone from WiFi. If your phone has a good 3G or 4G signal, you should be able to play the video.

Firewalls: If you are attempting to watch this live stream on a device provided by your hospital/employer there may be a built in firewall that blocks live streaming video. This is especially common with devices provided by healthcare organisations. If this is the case please try using your own personal laptop/tablet/phone.

Other users: If you are viewing this live stream from home and other members of your household are also using the WiFi to download files, watch live streaming TV such as Netflix or play online games, this may put undue stress on your WiFi and effect the quality of your stream.

Cloud Services: Live streaming video does not function in many cloud services. Come out of your employer’s Cloud/IT system and open this in an external browser.

Memory: If your device is struggling for memory space the live stream will not play correctly. Reduce the number of other windows and tabs you have open and shut down all unnecessary programmes other than the ones you need to watch this stream.

Battery: Make sure your device is plugged in or has plenty of battery!

If you are experiencing any issues and would like to speak to us please contact Paul Rushworth on +44(0)7709 145 234 or email

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