The venue was slightly different to our previous venues – a New York style cocktail bar with a private entrance especially for us.

Once again, Modern Midwives and birth experts came from all over the country to join us. Including Manchester, Dorset and Cornwall!

They were welcomed with a glass of bubbly and canapés but the most important welcome…a free raffle ticket because the prizes were just incredible!

For the first half of the night we had our two speakers Tania, the fierce founder of Elvie and our sponsor. Followed by Professor Basky, Tedx Speaker and leading consultant obstetrician. This time we also had an extra special feature with mums throughout the night to remind us of why we do what we do. The power of our midwifery skills, woman centred care and the difference we are making to women and their families.

First up was, Tania, who spoke candidly about the development of such a unique yet intimate product and focused on the research behind strengthening the pelvic floor. She (accidently) revealed some very exciting future plans and had several questions to answer at the end. If it wasn’t for Tania’s support, we would not be able to host the modern midwives meet up at all. So, a massive thank you for her continued support and ballsy campaigns to fight the stigma attached to breastfeeding in public.

‘Yes we do push the boundaries with our campaigns to raise awareness about incontinence.’

Professor Basky captured the entire room with his thought provoking talk that really helped many of us challenge our own views. He discussed and explained true placental insufficiency, SGA and the GAP programme. Questioning ‘is being small a disease?’ The key points from his talk are highlighted below:

  • A tick-box approach to risk assessment stigmatizes too many women as being high-risk
  • Using an app-based algorithm (calculator) will effectively deescalate risk for many women whilst increasing detection of placental dysfunction.
  • There is no biological rationale or robust scientific data supporting the use of national charts or customization.
  • The use of fetal Doppler analysis has shown significant potential for improving detection of at-risk fetuses.

For more information on his talk Click Here.

Basky also has an incredible project on the go and is currently looking to appoint a midwife clinical fellow with experience in digital maternity systems like Badgernet who would be interested in working with the RCOG/RCM for a minimum of 2 years. I’ll share the full job description once it is available.  https://www.midirs.org/alliance-national-maternity-improvement-programme/

‘We are not amphibians. The human race is one species’

Next we had our pizza, platters and wine break!

After that it was time for our moderated session with Natilla Henry HOM at UCLH, who is full of both wisdom and kindness. Natilla invited HOM Shereen Cameron from Kings Collage London to join her on stage. Between Shereen and Natilla a great sense of weighted support was felt by all, from students to senior midwives. They both offered solutions to feeling burnt out and brought the room together as one big team. They also, very kindly, stayed to answer further questions at the end – because we run out of time, of course.

We had such a good time and it was so refreshing to talk openly about our difficulties and share experiences.

Thank you so much to everyone that came, please e-mail me any time with questions or suggestions.

I’m already planning the next one!

Marie X

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