About this event

  • Date and time Wed 4 Nov 2020 from 3:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Maternity and the Newborn Forum
This meeting has been cancelled and moved to a webinar, apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

This meeting will highlight the impact of opioid exposure to mothers and babies. From pre-pregnancy to birth, experts will cover all aspects of how to manage, support and safeguard these patients. 

Topics include: 

  • Understand and learn from the research in this area of medicine 
  • The practical issues for supporting mothers and babies exposed to opioids
  • How to provide better support for mothers and babies exposed to opioids, and influence your workplace to do so

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Registration, tea and coffee
Session 1

Chair: Roxanne Chamberlain - mother and grandmother

Welcome and introduction
Presentation of the Wendy Savage bursary
Overview of the meeting

Surabhi Nanda, Consultant Maternal Fetal Medicine Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Opioid Exposure: the journey through pregnancy and birth

Sonji Clarke, Consultant Obstetrician, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Opioid exposure in pregnancy: the effects on the baby

Speaker to be confirmed

Non-pharmacological management of neonatal abstinence syndrome

Sonya MacVicar, Lecturer/ Researcher, Edinburgh Napier University

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Session 2

Chair: Dr Surabhi Nanda

The impact of opioid withdrawal on the newborn baby and family unit after birth and in the future

Amanda Lawes, Clinical Lead in Neonatal Occupational Therapy, Singleton Hospital, Swansea

Safeguarding and contraception: Ongoing care in pregnancy and community

Geraldine Joyce, Former Named Midwife for Vulnerable Families,
Pittrof Rudiger, Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV
Guys’ and St Thomas’ Hospital

Panel discussion
Closing remarks
Close of meeting


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