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

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

Luke Zander research support bursary

Bursary: £500 and a year’s membership to the RSM if you are a student or money deducted from the membership fee.

Submission deadline: Sunday 6 October 2019 

Open to: Students, trainees and other professionals who specialise in maternity and/ or surrounding disciplines who are registered in the UK. Please note those who work for commercial operations will not be eligible for the bursary.  

Application guidelines: The bursary is to enable the applicant to progress their research in the field of maternity care or care of the newborn.

Entrants will need to submit the following:

  • A summary of their current research
  • How the bursary will be spent (750 words maximum)
  • An up-to-date CV

The bursary winner will be invited to present at the Maternity and the Newborn Forum Section meeting on Tuesday 19 November 2019.

Please note the successful candidate will be expected to submit a summary of how the bursary was used and a short paragraph on the benefit of winning the bursary to feature in the Maternity and the Newborn Forum enews letter. 

For more information, contact: maternity@rsm.ac.uk.

This bursary is to honour Luke Zander a founding member of the Forum and an innovator in maternity care. The bursary is to enable the applicant to progress their research in the field of maternity care or care of the newborn. 



Standard pricing available until 18 November 2019.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£95.00 £55.00 £55.00 £55.00 £35.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£150.00 £75.00 £75.00 £45.00

Key speakers

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.

Dr Anita Banerjee

Obstetric Physician, Diabetologist and Endocrinologist, St Thomas Hospital

Jill Darlington

Midwifery Lead for Practice Development One to One Midwives

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.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Session one

High blood pressure in pregnancy

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


Gestational diabetes

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

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, Practice Development Midwife, 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
Promising therapies – developments in antenatal care of small for gestational age babies

Dr Rebecca Spencer, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, US

Maternal diet for gestational diabetes

Kemi Johnson, Midwife, Birth Love

Panel discussion
Personalising care for women with more complex pregnancies

Jill Darlington

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

Rachel Lawlan

Panel discussion
Closing remarks


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