About this event

  • Date and time Tue 19 Nov 2019 from 9:30am to 4:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Maternity and the Newborn Forum

Experts will provide an update on current advances in caring for mothers carrying babies labelled as small or big. 

This is a hot topic in maternity care, and one that has sparked debates and discussion online as many pregnancies are labelled as small or big babies, but there is no actual pathology present.

Topics include:

  • Current best practice
  • The latest research findings in this field and potential further therapies
  • How personalised care can improve outcomes for mother and baby
  • Understanding the emotions and issues of the parents

Bursary places available

We will be providing 30 bursary places for students to attend this meeting. If you are interested in applying for a bursary please call 0207 290 2991. 



Key speakers

Professor Jason Gardosi

Professor Jason Gardosi MBE MD FRCOG

Director of the Perinatal Institute in Birmingham, UK. 

Speaker's biography

Professor Gardosi is the Director of the Perinatal Institute in Birmingham, UK - a multi-professional not-for-profit organisation he set up in 2013 with the aim to enhance quality and safety in maternity care (www.perinatal.org.uk). The Institute is recipient of consecutive national Patient Safety Awards (2013, 2014 & 2015), the BMJ Award for Clinical Leadership (2015), Queen's Award for Enterprise/Innovation (2016) for reducing stillbirth rates in England, and a Princess Royal Training Award (2018) for its comprehensive education & training programme. Jason’s main interests are fetal growth, antepartum and intrapartum surveillance, perinatal epidemiology and clinical audit.

Anita Banerjee

Dr Anita Banerjee

Obstetric Physician, Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

Dr Anita Banerjee is a consultant obstetric physician and endocrinologist working at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital, London. As an educationalist, she teaches on all aspects of medical problems in pregnancy at local, national and international meetings. She leads the high-fidelity simulation training for the deteriorating pregnant patient at St Thomas’s Hospital. She has been involved in writing the curriculum for the special skills module in obstetric medicine for acute medicine, maternal medicine and the e-learning module for medical problems in pregnancy for eLfH.  She is a member of several committees including; UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS) steering committee, London Maternity Clinical Leadership Group and Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK (MBRRACE) assessor and chapter writing groups.

Ms Kemi Johnson

Ms Kemi Johnson

Midwife, Co-founder of Birth Love

Speaker's biography

Kemi has been fascinated by birth since the age of 15. She has assisted families with their pregnancies, births and infant care as a doula/birth supporter for 20 years and as a student midwife and then midwife for 10 years. She is a life long learner and loves to absorb and consider families' experiences with birthing. Every experience is different and fascinating.


Ms Kemi Johnson is an independent midwife working in South London and towards the south coast. She is a KG Hypnobirthing teacher as it enables her to reach more parents with knowledge and enable the confidence that they need to safely navigate maternity services towards their best birthing outcomes. Being independent, she is the type of midwife parents turn to if their units are unable to support them in their choices. For this reason, she has gained a lot of experience of parents with what may be considered 'out of guidance' circumstances.


She has seen for herself that the bounds of "normal" are exceptionally wide. If parents are well supported with sound evidence, knowledge of birth physiology and biomechanics, care is individualised and preferably midwifery-led, and continuity of known carer (as proven through thorough and up-to-date research) then our country can look forward to fewer cases of traumatised parents and ill babies, and joyfully anticipate better long-term holistic health outcomes for all.


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Session one

Chair: Dr Panicos Shangaris, Clinical Lecturer, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Kings College London

High blood pressure in pregnancy

Dr Louise Webster, Clinical Lecturer, King's College London

Big baby trial

Professor Jason Gardosi

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Small for gestational age: risk factors, outcome and prevention

Professor Jason Gardosi, Executive Director, Perinatal Institute

GAP-GROW - Growth assessment protocol

Vanessa Hodge, Professional Development Midwife and Professional Midwifery Advocate, St Mary’s Hospital - Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Panel discussion

Session two

Chair: Roxanne Chamberlain - mother and grandmother

Presentation of the Luke Zander bursary for research: Effect of dietary nitrate ingestion in pregnant patients at high risk of preeclampsia

Dr Julia Zöllner, ST4 National Institute for Health Research, Academic Clinical Fellow, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Promising therapies – developments in antenatal care of small for gestational age babies

Dr Rebecca Spencer, Specialty Registrar Year 6, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Maternal diet for gestational diabetes

Kemi Johnson, Midwife, Birth Joy and KGHypnobirthing

Panel discussion
Personalising care for women with more complex pregnancies

Ms Julie Frohlich, Consultant Midwife, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

This is what it was like for me – women’s experience of high risk pregnancy

Rachel Lawlan

Gestational diabetes

Dr Anita Banerjee, Obstetric Physician, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion
Closing remarks


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