A risky business? Exploring risk perception and care provision during pregnancy and birth


Tuesday 16 May 2017


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Maternity & the Newborn Forum


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about this event

Places are still available and registrations will be taken on the day. Please note that lunch will only be provided for those that have pre-registered. 

The Maternity & the Newborn Forum at the RSM will be hosting a one day event to explore factors and issues around care provision during pregnancy and childbirth for women across the risk spectrum.


  • Understand what women seek from their care provision during pregnancy, childbirth and the early postnatal days.
  • Discuss different perceptions and understanding risk.
  • Understand the impact of the ‘risk culture’ on pregnant women, and midwifery, obstetric and paediatric practice and education.
  • Explore strategies designed to improve care during pregnancy, childbirth and the early postnatal period for ALL women and their families.


RSM member from £45 - 110

Non member from £55 - £150

*Tickets include tea and coffee and lunch. 


who should attend?

The meeting will be of interest to midwives, obstetricians, epidemiologists, nurses, general practitioners, childbirth educators, trainees, students, paediatricians and neonatologists however all disciplines and grades are welcome to attend.



9.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.25 am

Welcome and introduction

9.30 am

“Looking after me, looking after my baby”: How do women classified as high-risk experience care during pregnancy and childbirth?

Carol Kingdon, Senior Research Fellow, University of Central Lancashire

9.50 am

Interpreting risk in midwifery talk and practice

Mandie Scamell, Medical Anthropologist and Midwifery Lecturer, City, University of London

10.10 am

To be or not to be ‘normal’

Daghni Rajasingam, Consultant Obstetrician, Honorary Senior Lecturer and Head of Service for Obstetrics, Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

10.30 am


11.00 am

Tea and coffee break

11.20 am

Reflecting on experiences around risk during pregnancy and birth

Milli Hill, Founder, Positive Birth Movement

11.30 am

Whose birth is it anyway?

Dr Tracey Cooper, Head of Midwifery and Lead Nurse for Women and Paediatrics, Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

11.55 am

Risk and midwifery education - has this prepared me to be with woman?

Claire Litchfield, Midwife, Oxford University NHS Foundation Trust

12.05 pm

An obstetric perspective of risk in maternity care

Dr Liz Martindale, Consultant Obstetrician, Burnley General Hospital and Honorary Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire

12.30 pm


1.00 pm


1.55 pm

Maternity & the Newborn Forum AGM

All welcome

2.10 pm

Presentation of the Basil Lee bursary for innovation in communication

Hsu Chong, ST7 Trainee, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Birmingham Women's Hospital

2.20 pm

Dignity in childbirth: How human rights helps professionals to provide personalised care

Elizabeth Prochaska, Barrister and Founder, Birthrights

2.40 pm

How does group antenatal care work for women who are seen as 'at risk' of poorer experience and outcomes in pregnancy? Early findings from a feasibility study of pregnancy circles

Octavia Wiseman, Research fellow, Midwifery City, University of London and Giordana Da Motta, PhD Student, University of London

3.00 pm

Why postnatal care matters: Promoting and developing postnatal services which are fit for purpose

Professor Debra Bick, Professor of Evidence Based Midwifery Practice, King’s College London

3.30 pm

Discussion and closing remarks

4.00 pm

Close of meeting

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  • Places are still available and registrations will be taken on the day
  • Lunch will only be provided for those that have pre-registered


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organiser's details

For information on this event, contact Verity CottonTel: 02072903947 Email: maternity@rsm.ac.uk arrow