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The RCM Zepherina Veitch Memorial Lecture 2017

Date: 6 June, 2017 14:00
Venue: St Catherine's College, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UJ

The RCM Zepherina Veitch Memorial Lecture 2017

Midwives and our future: How can midwives be leaders and agents of change for a better future?

In her farewell as RCM President, Professor Lesley Page CBE will deliver this year’s Zepherina Veitch Memorial Lecture, the RCM’s prestigious annual platform for the best in midwifery research and thought leadership, named in commemoration of one of the pioneers of modern midwifery.

In her lecture, Professor Page will consider what individual woman, and babies and families need from maternity services and the distinct and crucial contribution midwives play in meeting these needs. The lecture will discuss recent UK maternity policy and the emerging science relating to maternal health, the physiological and psychological basis of relationships and wellbeing and the longer term health of women and babies. She will argue that these present midwifery with challenges but importantly opportunities to create the best start in life for women and their families.

Zepherina Veitch, a founder of modern professional midwifery saw the effects of poverty and inequalities on the health and well being of women and children and understood the important part that a well regulated midwifery profession played in alleviating the impact of these. This lecture will argue that, whilst today’s midwives live in very different times, parallels with Zepherina Veitch’s experiences can be drawn. Professor Page will discuss the continuing importance of midwifery regulation and consider the challenges in getting that right for a profession that works for woman and is composed mainly of women.

This event will also see the investiture of the newly elected RCM President and the presentation of the RCM Fellowships. This event is open to all RCM members from across the UK.

Cost to attend

RCM members £10+vat

RCM Student/MSW members £5+vat

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