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Programme

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
The Importance of the First 1000+ Days


  • What is the first 1000+ days and why is this is important
  • Factors influencing the first 1000+ days
  • Nutrition in the first 1000+ days
  • How can you support expectant and new mothers
  • Q&A
10:50 AM - 11:15 AM
Break & exhibition viewing


11:15 AM - 11:55 AM
Doula and Yoga Therapy


More information coming soon!
11:55 AM - 12:35 PM
Infant Gut Microbiome
Dr Caroline Childs, Associate Professor in Nutritional Sciences , University of Southampton


  • What is the Gut Microbiome?
  • Development of the Infant Gut Microbiome
  • Importance of the Infant Gut Microbiome
  • Factors Influencing the Infant Gut Microbiome
  • Potential Health Implications
  • Strategies for a Healthy Infant Gut Microbiome
  • Q&A and Closing Remarks
12:35 PM - 1:35 PM
Lunch & exhibition viewing


1:35 PM - 2:15 PM
Session to be announced soon


More information coming soon!
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-Hurst-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