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Time Information
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration and refreshments

9:05 AM - 9:10 AM
Introduction by chair

9:10 AM - 9:30 AM
9:30 AM - 10:10 AM
Gender-neutral language, a feminist midwife investigates
Kim Crossan, Lecturer, University of Notre Dame

The contemporary well-being of sexual and gender minorities within maternity is a growing area of concern. Midwives play a pivotal role in shaping the experiences of those using maternity services. However, the integration of gender-neutral language presents challenges, given the historically feminine origins and patriarchal influence on maternity services. Substantial literature exists from the service user's perspective; however, understanding midwives' perceptions is equally crucial. Investigating how gender-neutral language affects midwifery practice and philosophy is vital, as the traditional focus on women in midwifery is currently under examination. A midwife's beliefs about language can influence their practice. This study aims to address a gap in the Australian literature and inform healthcare organisations about inclusive language use in maternity services.
10:10 AM - 10:50 AM
Industry sponsored session - more details coming soon!

10:50 AM - 11:15 AM
Break & exhibition viewing

11:15 AM - 11:55 AM
Remembering staff in the impact of baby loss
Claire Whitehouse, Clinical Director for Research and Development & Senior Nurse for Nursing, Midwifery and AHP Research , The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Rachael Crane, Maternity Bereavement Support Worker and Research Evaluation and QI Scholar, The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The too often taboo topic of death in the UK population, has led to sub-optimal public knowledge of miscarriage. There is disparity in the structure of care available to families and limited support for healthcare professionals. Knowledge on ‘how’ to structure and implement support for healthcare professionals caring for families who experience baby loss is limited. We will share two initiatives: Max’s Legacy and Kobi’s Promise which have sought to improve support and care in our organisation.
11:55 AM - 12:35 PM
Industry sponsored session - more details coming soon!

12:35 PM - 1:35 PM
Lunch & exhibition viewing

1:35 PM - 2:15 PM
2:15 PM - 2:55 PM
Industry sponsored session - more details coming soon!

2:55 PM - 3:20 PM
Break & exhibition viewing

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM
Getting over the Bump: a collaborative Occupational Therapy and Maternal medicine Midwife service for birthing people with physical and sensory impairments
Elizabeth Lee-Hust Lyle, Occupational Therapist, Brainkind, Daniel Yorath House, Leeds (and formerly St. George’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)
Trudy Williams, Consultant Midwife and Advanced Clinical Practitioner/Non-medical prescriber, Surrey Heartlands ICB (on secondment from St. George’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
Cheryl Edwards, Occupational Therapist , St. George’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

This session will provide an overview of this unique, innovative and collaborative ante-natal service developed at St. George’s Hospital, South-West London. This session will provide an overview of how the service developed and the service aims:

·       To support and adapt to physical changes in pregnancy with disability;
·       To prepare for birthplace and required in-patient adaptations;
·       Formulate collaborative care plans;
·       Anticipate and advise regarding early parenting and self care -empowering and enabling independent parenting
·       Provide advice around strategies, equipment and other statutory and voluntary organisations available.
4:00 PM - 4:10 PM
Closing remarks & live poll