5th National Midwifery Conference: The Changing Faces of Maternity Care

25th Jun 2010, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Edge Hill University

The 5th National Midwifery Conference will focus on how maternity care is developing in 2010 and how clinicians are adapting and coping with the changes.

We ask the question are our leaders prepared for the changes ahead? We will consider how midwives have commissioned services in order to create a new way of working. There will be a discussion about how change will be facilitated to promote choice and how some services have adapted to address the needs of a changing population. The feelings of those who use the maternity services, student midwives and maternity support workers will be considered.

Target Audience

The conference will be of interest to leaders who wish to understand how they should develop their skills to meet new demands and to commissioners who work with maternity carers to provide a high class service.

Managers and midwives who wish to develop and understand about working in today’s climate of change will also benefit from the conference.

Service users will be interested to understand how the maternity service attempts to meet their needs and student midwives and those who are interested in joining the midwifery profession will gain a deeper insight into this career. Maternity support workers may wish to develop their perspective of the maternity services, while educationalists and researchers may wish to consider current trends in maternity care.

Conference Programme

The morning theme is Developing Services in 2010; the afternoon theme is Facilitating Change.

  • 8:30am – Registration
  • 9:15am – Opening and Welcome by Dr John Cater, Vice Chancellor, Edge Hill University
  • 9:20am – The Changing Faces of Maternity Care by Jane Morgan, Head of Midwifery, Edge Hill University
  • 9:25am – Midwifery Leadership; Normal Evolution or Intervention by Gail Johnson, Education & Professional Development Advisor, Royal College of Midwives and Phil Dale, Principle Consultant, Phi Learning
  • 10:00am – The Impact of Leadership in the Clinical Area by Student Midwife
  • 10:10am – Trail Blazing: Commissioning Maternity Services for the Future by Vicky Feeney & Joanne Parkington, One to One Maternity Services Ltd
  • 10:45am – Break
  • 11:15am – Commissioning for Home Birth by Heather Parker, Associate Director of Nursing & Midwifery, South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • 11:50am – A Service User’s Experience
  • 12:00pm – Lunch and Posters: Edge Hill University: Celebrating 125 years
  • 13:00pm – A Growing Relationship: Developing Partnerships to Promote Choices by Kate McFadden, Infant Nutrition Programme Manager, Liverpool Primary Care Trust
  • 13:35pm – Promoting Choice by Student Midwife
  • 13:45pm – Adapting Services to fit the Population: The Impact of Obesity by Dr Siobhan Quenby, Professor of Obstetrics, University of Warwick
  • 14:20pm – Working in the Bariatric Clinic by Student Midwife
  • 14:30pm – Break
  • 14:45pm – Developing, Implementing & Building Confidence in a Home Waterbirth Service by Simon Mehigan, Consultant Midwife in Normal Birth, Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • 15:20pm – Confidence in Midwives: Expectations of a Student Midwife by Student Midwife
  • 15:30pm – Maternity Support Workers: A Complement to the Midwifery Profession? by Belinda Ackerman, Consultant Midwife, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • 16:05pm – Working Together: Student Midwives and Maternity Support Workers by Student Midwife & Maternity Support Worker
  • 16:15pm – Close by Seth Crofts, Dean of Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University


The cost to attend the conference is £15 for students, £40 for non-students.

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For further information about this event, please telephone 01695 650738 or email midwiferyconference2010@edgehill.ac.uk.