About this event

  • Date and time Wed 21 Nov 2018 from 3:00pm to 7:15pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Maternity and the Newborn Forum

Prospective parents often focus on preparing for the actual birth, but the majority feel ill prepared for the early life that follows. There is growing evidence indicating that the early months of a child’s life are crucial and will have a lifelong impact on the child’s health and wellbeing. The first six months of baby’s life is a major learning curve for any parent whilst trying to cope with their own physical and emotional needs.

This study day is relevant to all health care practitioners, and students caring for expectant and new parents to those who support them in their transition to parenthood.

This study day brings together a number of experts and academics in order to meet the needs of parents and their babies. It will equip practitioners to support parents with evidence based information and support, thus ensuring every child has the best start in life.

Topics include:

  • Issues faced by parents in the early postnatal weeks
  • Support and advise parents with coping strategies
  • Information about relevant support organisations in the community setting


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Miss Nina Khazaezadeh, President, Maternity & Newborn Forum, Royal Society of Medicine

Luke Zander research support bursary presentation
Latest research around safer sleeping

Professor Peter Blair, Reader in Medical Statistics, Consultant Methodologist, Bristol Randomised Trials Collaboration and Research Design Service, Bristol Medical School

What’s normal? Helping parents understand patterns of crying and sleeping

Professor Dieter Wolke, Professor of Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences, University of Warwick

How to recognise and seek support about feeding issues in the first six months

Zoe Chadderton, Infant Feeding Co-ordinator, Beverley Radley, Specialist Midwives in Infant Feeding and Lactation Consultant, Polly Sands, Specialist Midwives in Infant Feeding and Lactation Consultant and Tanith Rowles, Specialist Midwife in Infant Feeding , Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion
Tea, coffee and refreshments
Vulnerable families - NCT birth and beyond community peer supporters programme research

Vanita Bhavnani, Senior Research and Evaluation Officer, NCT

Lullaby Trust – latest evidence and support around unexpected infant death

Jenny Ward, Director of Services, The Lullaby Trust

NSPCC baby steps – helping expectant parents cope with the pressures of a new baby through education

Tori Joel, Implementation Manager, Baby Steps and Denise Coster, Senior Evaluation Officer, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Panel discussion
Closing remarks

Roxanne Chamberlain, Mother and Grandmother

Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom