Webinar series: putting research into practice

Evidence based perineal clinic & providing  suturing workshops to improve midwives’ suturing skills.

Perineal trauma is a  world wide, national and local problem, Adelaide discusses a study at West Middlesex that examined perineal complications and the subsequent service improvements at the Trust.

Adelaide Aduboffour 

Adelaide is currently a senior midwifery lecturer at University of West London. Alongside her role as a lecturer, she is the Perineal Specialist Midwife at West Middlesex Hospital. She established a successful and thriving perineal clinic in 2014, to provide care and treatment for women who are struggling with perineal trauma complications following childbirth. Adelaide also set up Peri Health London in 2015, to provide perineal suturing training for midwives, student midwives and junior doctors. The programme, which attracts national and international delegates, has been accredited by CPD certification service, Royal College of Midwives UK and the Midwifery Accreditation board USA. Peri Health has recently been awarded the most innovative in perineal trauma training in 2020 by Southern Enterprise Awards UK. Adelaide is the Co-founder of the Perineal Specialists Midwives group, which has 35 members and still growing. She is also an RCOG advisory group member for the OASI2 project.

Why Black women are not engaging in research and what can be done to change this.

Agnes discusses her experience working with Black mothers and community groups highlighting her experience as a maternal health activist. The webinar examines at key historical observations regarding maternal and perinatal health and look at how these observations play out in modern day Britain.

Agnes Agyepong

Agnes is the Head of Engagement at Best Beginnings, a national charity that exists to reduce inequalities and give every child the best start in life. Alongside this she is the Guys and St Thomas Hospital's Maternity Voices Partnership Chair and a School Governor where her work is centred around early years development.

In 2018, she founded The GLOMAMA Awards, a prestigious annual awards celebrating the achievements of mums on social media, which encourages mothers to rediscover their "Glow" after pregnancy. She sits on the NIHR ARC Maternity and Perinatal Mental Health PPI strategy committee and is a Healthwatch Lewisham Committee member. Agnes is passionate about developing better intercultural awareness and communication within our sector and ensuring the rights of women, mothers, and children are protected. @bestbeginnings

Understanding anxiety, worry and fear in childbearing

Women today have made many choices before even meeting with a midwife in their early pregnancy. When a midwife makes contact it may be evident that the woman is worried or anxious about the changes that are happening to her body. This webinar highlights what midwives and maternity support workers  should look out for and how to approach and support women with anxiety around childbirth.

Kathryn Gutteridge 

Kathryn is an established Consultant Midwife with a long history of clinical care in the NHS. She was the Consultant Midwife and Clinical Lead for Low Risk Women at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust. Passionate about women’s issues, particularly in relation to childbearing, Kathryn has a reputation for representing women’s psychological and mental wellbeing during this vulnerable stage of their lives. Further to this, Kathryn founded Sanctum Midwives; an organisation that educates, represents and challenges stigma around sexual abuse and its impact during motherhood. In latter years Kathryn has led and promoted the ‘Your Birth in our Home’ project at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, opening the Serenity Birth Co-located Centre and Halcyon Stand-Alone Birth Centre. These services have transformed the pathway for low-risk women in the area and are changing the face of midwifery care for women in this region.

Fiona Howard

Fiona is a 2nd Year student midwife at the University of Plymouth. She is also a member of the RCM's Student Midwifery Forum and represents student midwives across the South of England. Fiona is passionate about providing individualised intrapartum care and has a keen interest in preventing birth trauma. 

Midwifery education: basic pelvic floor anatomy.

This webinar discusses the finding of the first survey of midwives and student midwives to find out their knowledge and experiences of pelvic floor education and training. Lizzie talk about impact of the survey and how the findings are being used to influence the education and practice of midwives.

Lizzie Percy

Lizzie is an enthusiastic advocate for women's perinatal health and works at Plymouth University Hospital. Lizzie has over 16 years midwifery experience and is currently a Perineal Specialist Midwife.  She has successfully led the development of a robust strategy for setting up and leading the specialist Perineal Trauma/OASI service in which health professionals can give postnatal women with severe tears, wound breakdowns or perineal concerns easy access into. Lizzie designs and delivers training in suturing, prevention of trauma to trainees, midwifery and obstetric colleagues, and empowers women in how they can improve their perinatal pelvic health. She recently had her first co-authored  paper published in Dec 2020, and hopes to raise the standards of teaching for our future midwives and reduce the social taboo around pelvic trauma. @li22ieP  #OASICareBundle  www.rcog.org.uk/oasi2