To celebrate International Day of the Midwife on Tuesday 5th May, Maternity & Midwifery Forum presents a full day of international video highlights and live streamed interviews and discussions with maternity leaders.

Join us for the live stream from 10am on Tuesday 5th May here.

Maternity & Midwifery Forum will be celebrating the International Day of the Midwife with a whole day of programmes running from 10:00 – 20:30, with top presentations from past Maternity & Midwifery Festivals, reflections and studio discussions from maternity leaders and input from across the world

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Speakers include:

  • Jess Phillips MP, Shadow Minister (Home Office)
  • Roy Lilley, Health Policy Analyst, Writer and Broadcaster
  • Professor Lesley Page CBE, Visiting Professor, King’s College London
  • Karen Jewell, Nursing Officer for Maternity and Early Years, Office of the CNO Wales
  • Professor Soo Downe OBE, Professor of Community Health and Midwifery, University of Central Lancashire
  • Professor Mary J Renfrew BSc RN RM PhD FRSE, Professor of Mother and Infant Health, School of Health Sciences, University of Dundee;

Order of play:

10.00 Live discussion: Looking to the future

Video message from Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE, Chief Midwifery Officer, England

Roy Lilley, Health Policy Analyst, Writer and Broadcaster (confirmed)

10.30 Guest talk: Domestic violence in pregnancy – the midwife’s role

Jess Phillips MP, Shadow Minister (Home Office)

Dr Anita Byrne, Midwifery Programmes Director / Midwife Lecturer, Dundalk College of Technology, Ireland

Sue Macdonald, Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery; Curator, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals

11.00 Live discussion: COVID-19

Professor Mary Renfrew BSc RN RM PhD FRSE, Professor of Mother and Infant Health, School of Health Sciences, University of Dundee

11.30 Video highlights

Insights from transforming UK maternity Services (IME 19)

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE, Chief Midwifery Officer, England

12.15 Live discussion: Leadership

Professor Lesley Page CBE, Visiting Professor, King’s College London

Professor Soo Downe OBE, Professor of Community Health and Midwifery, University of Central Lancashire

13.00: The Practising Midwife Live Studio

Dr Anna Byrom and & guests

Hannah Tizzard, Blood to Baby

Dr Claire Feeley, Editor

13.30 International video highlights

Midwifery: a global update – what this means for normal labour and birth

Fran McConville, Midwifery Advisor, World Health Organisation

Growing a family with dignity

Dr Neel Shah, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School, USA

14.30 Live discussion: Women’s Choices: Waterbirth and COVID-19

Dianne Garland, Midwifery Consultant and author

15.00 Video highlights: Midwifery practice & the revised RCOG guidelines on Group B Strep

Jane Plumb MBE, Chief Executive, Group B Strep Support

15.30 Live discussion: GBSS update

Jane Plumb MBE, Chief Executive, Group B Strep Support
Lynsey White

16.00 Video highlights

Breastfeeding as a public health issue…who really decides how we feed our babies?

Professor Amy Brown, Professor of Child Public Health, Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences, Swansea University

Seeding baby’s microbiome – how baby’s bacterial start can change their life

Bridget Supple, Founder, You Baby’s Biome

17.00 Guests & interviews: (Inter)national focus

Video message: Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE, Chief Midwifery Officer, England

Karen Jewell, Nursing Officer for Maternity and Early Years, Office of the CNO Wales

Amy Hargreaves, Professional Officer, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association, Australia

17.30 Video highlights

Norwegian manual perineum protection technique

Hana Kleprlikova, Midwife, Croydon University Hospital; Charles University, Prague

Midwife-led physical activity classes during pregnancy

Abigail Holmes, Consultant Midwife, Cardiff and Vale UHB

18.00 Guests & interviews: Maternity and Midwifery Forum Advisory Panel Ask the experts

Dr Jenny Hall, Editor, MATFLIX
Dianne Garland, Midwifery Consultant and Author
Judy Evans, RM RN, RCN Midwifery Committee member
Sue Macdonald, Co-author, Mayes Midwifery, Curator, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals
Professor Amy Brown, Professor of Child Public Health, Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences, Swansea University

18.45 Video highlights Normal birth: changing the conversation

Professor Soo Downe OBE, Professor in Midwifery Studies, University of Central Lancashire

Dr Sheena Byrom OBE, Consultant Midwife/Director, All4Maternity

19.45 – 20.30 Video highlights Stillbirth: Death By another name

David Monteith, Actor, Director, Stillbirth Activist and Founder, Grace in Action

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