About this event

  • Date and time Wed 4 Nov 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:25pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Maternity and the Newborn

This webinar 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. 

Webinar 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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Standard pricing available until 04 November 2020.


RSM Member RSM Student RSM Trainee
£10.00 £5.00 £5.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP Trainee Student AHP / Nurse / Midwife
£20.00 £15.00 £10.00 £10.00


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Session 1

Chair: Joanna Hawthorne, Psychologist, Former Director, Brazelton Centre UK

Welcome and introduction

Chair: Joanna Hawthorne, Psychologist, Former Director, Brazelton Centre UK

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 and Researcher, Edinburgh Napier University

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

Questions and answers session
Closing remarks
Close of meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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