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.
The programme can be found here
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12.00pm - 6.00pmTuesday 10th July 2018