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Midwifery Unit Network Conference

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The conference is for midwives, student midwives, maternity service user activists, obstetricians, commissioners, policymakers, members of Maternity Voices Partnerships, MSLCs and Local Maternity Systems, local authority staff and politicians, researchers, and more. Pregnant women, mothers and fathers are also most welcome.

Midwifery Unit Network is a community with an interest in supporting and promoting the development of midwifery units (birth centres) to become the mainstream option for healthy women with an uncomplicated pregnancy, based on evidence that they help create positive childbirth experiences, enhance women's physical and psychological wellbeing and support an optimal start in life for babies.

At the conference, Dr Lucia Rocca-Ihenacho and colleagues will launch Midwifery Unit Standards developed as part of an NIHR post-doctoral fellowship at City, University of London. The Standards have been developed over an 18 month period by a team of researchers with in-put from a broad range of stakeholders across the UK and mainland Europe, RCM, EMA and delegates at the 2017 ICM conference.

We will celebrate Birth Centre Beacon Sites and certificates will be presented by Kathryn Gutteridge, President of the Royal College of Midwives.

Leading midwives and policymakers from all four countries of the UK will present on making services more responsive to women's and babies' needs, more family-friendly, and unlocking the potential of birth centres.

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Date: Tuesday 10th July 2018

Venue: Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, City, University of London, Northampton Square EC1V OHB

12.0 Registration, buffet lunch and exhibition

Welcome - Professor Debra Salmon, Dean, School of Health Sciences, City, University of London

1.00 Chair: Baroness Julia Cumberlege - Welcome

1.10 The first three years of Midwifery Unit Network - Chair, Sheena Byrom OBE

Session 1 - Midwifery care pathways and midwifery units across the UK

1.20 The Best start: from community maternity units to community hubs - Dr Mary Ross-Davie, RCM Director for Scotland

1.30 Prioritising women-centred care, GAIN guidance and Northern Ireland Normal Labour & Birth Care Pathway - Dr Maria Healy, Queen's University Belfast

1.40 Dragon maternity: Where have Welsh maternity services come from and where are they going? - Cate Langley, Consultant Midwife, Hywel Dda University Health Board and The Powys Model of midwifery care - DrMarie Lewis, Practice Development Midwife

1.55 Midwifery-led care as part of the Maternity Transformation Programme in England and the Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative - Matt Tagney, Programme Director, Maternity Transformation Programme and Birte Harlev-Lam, Clinical Director - Maternity and Children, NHS Improvement

2.15 Speakers’ Panel – Questions and discussion

Session 2 - Identifying and sharing good practice

2.30 Birth Centre Beacon Site Awards – Mary Newburn, Executive Manager, Midwifery Unit Network

2.35 Presentation of the awards Kathryn Gutteridge, President, the Royal College of Midwives

2.45 Chorley and Preston Birth Centres - Joanne Goss, Matron for Midwifery-Led Services, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust

2.55 Halcyon and Serendipity Birth Centre - Helen Giles, Midwifery Team Manager, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

3.05 Lewisham Birth Centre - Tracy Thomas, Lead Midwife, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

3.15 Speakers’ Panel – Questions and discussion

3.30 Tea

Session 3 – Evidence into practice

3.50 NICE Birthplace Action Study– Dr Lucia Rocca-Ihenacho, Lecturer in Midwifery and NIHR Research Fellow, Ellen Thaels, Research Fellow and Laura Batinelli, Research Midwife, City, University of London

4.00 Launch of Midwifery Unit Standards – Dr Lucia Rocca-Ihenacho, Ellen Thaels, Laura Batinelli, Dr Juliet Rayment, Professor Christine McCourt, City, University of London

4.30 Respondent - Professor Jacqui Dunkley-Bent OBE, Head of Maternity Children & Young People, Nursing Directorate NHSE England and National Maternity Safety Champion

4.40 Speakers’ Panel – Questions and discussion

5.00 Reflections and next steps Dame Cathy Warwick

5.10 Concluding remarks – Baroness Julia Cumberlege

5.15 Drinks

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