About this event

  • Date and time Tue 14 Jul 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Maternity and the Newborn Forum

Consultant Neonatologist, Dr Tim Watts, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Vice President of the Royal College Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Dr Pat O’Brien, and Mrs Becky Parker, Consultant Midwife Trainee, will provide an overview on the impact and issues of COVID-19 on new parents and their baby.

During this webinar you will: 

  • Be updated on the possible issues COVID-19 can cause for parents and their baby (healthcare professional and parent perspective) 
  • Examine the neonatal issues for babies including Kawasaki Syndrome
  • Look at how postnatal care can be run during COVID-19
  • Understand how parents feel about caring for a baby during COVID-19

A CPD certificate with CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

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Key speakers

Dr Timothy Watts

Dr Tim Watts

Consultant Neonatologist, Evelina London Neonatal Unit, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

Dr Tim Watts is a full time NHS consultant on the Evelina London Neonatal Unit at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He has special interests in neonatal infection and neonatal haematology. In his role as clinical lead for the south London neonatal network, he chaired a group of infection, public health and neonatal staff responsible for writing the pan-London infection prevention and control guideline for neonatal units. He is principal investigator at Evelina London for the NeonIN international neonatal infection network and is co-author of the Oxford Handbook of Neonatology. He is also involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of medical, nursing and midwifery staff in King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Pat O’Brien

Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Vice President, Royal College Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Speaker's biography

Dr Pat O’Brien is a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and vice president for membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). Having been divisional clinical director for Women’s Health at UCLH, he is now governance lead. An RCOG council member since 2014, he has sat on a range of committees and working parties at the RCOG and Department of Health, and is a media spokesperson for the RCOG. He has been chair of the international section of the Institute for Women’s Health in London, and chair of the Clinical Research Hubs Network Portfolio Board, UCLH. He is the immediate past secretary of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Council of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has until recently been chair of the medical advisory committee at the Portland Hospital and chair of the Women’s Health Division of HCA in the UK. He is a patron of the charity SafeHands for Mothers which works to promote women’s health in disadvantaged countries.

Becky Parker

Mrs Becky Parker

Consultant Midwife Trainee, University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Mrs Becky Parker has worked as a midwife since 2007 and has spent most of her career in Southampton. Initially working for several years doing team case loading she went on to become a coordinator at a freestanding birth centre. Becky joined the consultant practitioner trainee programme in the Wessex region last year to gain experience in leadership, quality improvement and education in preparation for a role as a consultant midwife. She is doing a PhD researching midwives’ experience of managing intrapartum emergencies in community settings.


View the programme 14 July 2020

Welcome and introduction

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

The impact of COVID-19 on Neonatal Units

Dr Tim Watts, Consultant Neonatologist, Evelina London Neonatal Unit, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Midwives experiences of providing postnatal care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Becky Parker, Consultant Midwife Trainee, University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust 

Parent speakers
The impact of COVID-19 on Maternity Services

Dr Pat O’Brien, Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Vice President, Royal College Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Question and answer session
End of meeting



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