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LIVE STREAM: Midlands Maternity & Midwifery Festival 2021

Welcome to the Midlands Maternity & Midwifery Online Festival 2021!

The Midlands Maternity and Midwifery Festival 2021 will be live streamed on this page on Tuesday 20th April 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 20th April. 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. Stream A (Seminars 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A & 6A) will play on the live stream player above whilst Streams B & C can be accessed via the links below. You are free to switch between the live stream and the Zoom Webinar seminars as you wish, and of course all of today’s presentations will be available to view on demand.

11:30: SEMINAR 1B Moxibustion for turning breech babies
Loredana Zordan, Independent Midwife
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11:30: SEMINAR 1C – Personalised care: an interdisciplinary approach using historical midwifery text to understand contemporary challenges
Dr Ashleigh Blackwood, Leverhulme Research Fellow and Suzanne Crozier, Principal Lecturer Midwifery, Northumbria University
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12:00: SEMINAR 2B – What do women need to know about induction of labour? A co-creation approach to supporting women’s experience of birth following induction
Sam Nightingale, Antenatal Clinic, MAU & Triage Manager, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
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12:00: SEMINAR 2C Water in labour and birth – research and evidence: A systematic meta‐thematic synthesis to examine the views and experiences of women following water immersion during labour and waterbirth
Dr Claire Feeley, Postdoctoral Researcher, Midwife and Educator
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13:15: SEMINAR 3B – Lessons learned from a quality improvement project in perinatal excellence
Dr Sarah Bates, Neonatal Operational Clinical Lead for PERIPrem, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Ann Remmers, Maternal and Neonatal Clinical Lead, West of England Academic Health Science Network
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13:15: SEMINAR 3C – Public health as the cornerstone to maternal health & wellbeing – working with PHE WHO Collaborating Centre
Rebecca Savage, Consultant Midwife Trainee, Health Education England
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13:45: SESSION 4B – The unique contribution of peer support during pregnancy, birth and beyond
Celia Suppiah, Chief Executive, Parents 1st
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13:45: SESSION 4C – Northampton General Hospital shared decision making council for student midwives
Hauwa Hamza, Student Midwife and Vice Chair of Council and Tamsin Brakes, student midwife and Co-Chair of Council, Northampton General Hospital
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14:30: SESSION 5B – Lessons learned from the pandemic
Helena Lopez Paredes, Midwife and Chief Executive, Helena Eyimi Ltd
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14:30: SESSION 5C – Poster Presentations:

The impact of Ebola virus disease on maternal and perinatal health services and outcomes in West Africa: A systematic review
Zemenu Yohannes Kassa, Assistant Professor, Department of Midwifery, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Hawassa University, Ethiopia; PhD Student, Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health, University of Technology Sydney; Dr Deborah Fox and Dr Vanessa Scarf, Academic Supervisors

Virtual Restorative Clinical Supervision: Adapting and transitioning support for student midwives during the COVID-19 pandemic
Paola Armato-Harris, Midwifery Lecturer/PMA Lead, Birmingham City University

Maintaining a sense of community with student midwives throughout the Covid-19 pandemic: developing ‘gas & air’
Ruby Handley-Stone, Midwifery Lecturer, Birmingham City University

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15:00: SESSION 6B – Community PROMPT Wales
Sarah Morris, PROMPT Wales National Midwife and Sarah Hookes, Senior Safety & Learning Advisor, Welsh Risk Pool
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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
Pete Wallroth, Founder, Mummy’s Star
Join the meeting HERE (Zoom)
Meeting ID: 842 9829 2168
Passcode: 004946

12:35: Meet the Expert – The Practising Midwife
Dr Sheena Byrom OBE, Director, The Practising Midwife & All4Maternity
Join the meeting HERE (Zoom)

12:55: Meet the Expert – Inspiration Healthcare
Sarah Shadbolt, Regional Account Manager, Innovation Healthcare
Join the meeting HERE (Microsoft Teams)

14:15: Meet the Expert – Parents 1st 
Celia Suppiah, CEO, Parents 1st UK
Join the meeting HERE (Zoom)

15:30: Meet the Expert – MATFLIX
Dr Jenny Hall, Editor, MATFLIX & Midwifery Forum
Join the meeting HERE (Zoom)
Meeting ID:
743 6828 8806
Passcode: q2d2YK

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The Festival Programme


Midlands Maternity & Midwifery Festival 2021 Programme

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Download the app

Scan the QR code below or click this Magic link for quick access to the Midlands 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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Does your university or trust provide you with access to MATFLIX for online learning?
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General comments

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.

London MMF 2021 Competition Form (1)

NMC: How many domains are there in the new standards?(Required)
See if you can find the answer here:
WaterWipes: What is the most recent independent organisation to validate WaterWipes as being Purer than Cotton Wool and Water?(Required)
See if you can find the answer here:
MATFLIX: If you purchase the “Stillbirth - An Introduction for Midwives and HCPs" MATFLIX boxset in June 2020, how much does the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, Sands, receive in a donation from MATFLIX?(Required)
See if you can find the answer here:
The Practising Midwife: What benefits do members receive from our Member Zone?(Required)
See if you can find the answer here:
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:
What does Data4NHS provide?(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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