About this event

  • Date and time Tue 30 Jun 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Maternity and the Newborn Forum

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a challenging time for pregnant  women and new parents. This webinar will share activities and ideas to address these challenges and develop a positive mental attitude.   

Webinar topics include:

  • The impact of COVID-19 on parents, and in particular, on women’s mental health during pregnancy and following childbirth
  • The positive benefits of exercise for pregnant women
  • Signposting parents to information and services that can support them 

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Key speakers

Louise Howard

Professor Louise Howard

Professor in Women’s Mental Health, King’s College London  

Speaker's biography

Louise Howard is a Professor in Women’s Mental Health and an Honorary Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist. She leads research programmes into perinatal mental health and violence and mental health and other aspects of gender and mental health. She has received funding from the MRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR, and is an NIHR Senior Investigator. She is currently examining the impact of covid-19 on perinatal mental health services and leads a UKRI Network on violence, abuse and mental health. She is President-elect of the Marce (international perinatal mental health) Society.   

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Ralph Smith

Dr Ralph Smith

Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University Hospitals

Speaker's biography

Ralph qualified from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2008 and accomplished a Master of Science in Sport Medicine, Exercise and Health from University College London in 2011. After completing his General Practice training in Reading, he joined the Thames Valley Sport and Exercise Medicine specialist training programme in 2014. He finished his training in 2018.


Ralph holds a substantive consultant post at the Oxford University Hospitals trust working in both musculoskeletal and exercise medicine services. He has gained a Diploma in musculoskeletal ultrasound and regularly integrates ultrasound into his practice.


Ralph has published and presented internationally in research areas which include stress fractures, triathlon medicine and physical activity in pregnancy. He has been extensively involved in a number of physical activity projects including the formation of the UK's Chief Medical officers' infographic entitled 'Physical Activity for Pregnant Women' and leading on both the Inflammatory Rheumatic Disease and Pregnancy Moving Medicine modules. He was the maternity lead for a Public Health England commissioned feasibility project integrating physical activity into secondary care. He has an interest in physical activity and gestational diabetes. Ralph has worked in Elite Rugby Union and is the lead doctor for the England students' team. He has extensive experience in a number of sports including rowing, triathlon, modern pentathlon, professional football, distance running and has provided medical cover for international camps and tournaments. He has been a travelling physician for GB Hockey, British Athletics and England Women Cricket at two world cups. He currently works with Reading FC Women and London Irish Rugby Club.

Clotilde Rebecca Abe

Clotilde Abe

Co-chair of Lambeth and St Thomas hospital Maternity Voice Partnership Committee UK, Founder and CEO of Prosperitys Trust, and Co-Founder of Five X More Maternity Health Care assistant at a south London Hospital

Speaker's biography

Clo is a mum of two, she passionate about women health especially black women health during the perinatal stage. She founded Prosperitys a maternal wellbeing social enterprise, in 2018 after her own experience of motherhood as a black woman and not having a safe space to meet people like herself who were also pregnant. Prosperitys focuses on early intervention, prevention, and social isolation though events, workshops, meet up and 1:1 peer support. Clo co-founded Five X more CIC with a friend to raise awareness of the disparities in black women health. They have started a petition which has over 150,000 signatures to Improve Maternal Mortality Rates and Health Care for Black Women in the UK.


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Ethel Burns, Member of Maternity and the Newborn Forum

COVID-19 and perinatal mental health

Professor Louise Howard, Professor in Women’s Mental Health, King’s College London  

Integrating physical activity into healthcare for pregnant women: The Active Hospital Project and Moving Medicine Module

Dr Ralph Smith, Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University Hospitals

The impact of COVID-19 BAME on women’s mental health during pregnancy and following childbirth

Clotilde Abe (Clo), Co-Chair, Lambeth and St Thomas Hospital Maternity Voice Partnership Committee UK, Founder and CEO of Prosperitys Trust, Co-Founder, Five X More and Maternity Health Care Assistant, South London Hospital for Women and Children

Challenges and opportunities experienced as new parents during COVID-19

Cecily Lock and Daniel Lock

Questions and answers session
End of the webinar



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

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