About this event

  • Date and time Wed 4 Nov 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:40pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Maternity and the Newborn Forum

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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Session one

Chaired by Dr Joanna Hawthorne, Psychologist and Former Director, Brazelton Centre UK

Welcome and introduction

Dr Joanna Hawthorne

Overview of the meeting

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

Opioid exposure: The journey through pregnancy and birth

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

Opioid exposure in pregnancy: The effects on the baby

Dr Tomoki Arichi, Senior Lecturer in Perinatal Imaging, King's College London and Consultant, Paediatric Neurodisability, Evelina London Children's Hospital

Non-pharmacological management of neonatal abstinence syndrome

Dr Sonya MacVicar, Associate Professor, Neonatal Education,
Edinburgh Napier University

Panel discussion
Session two

Chair: Dr Surabhi Nanda 

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

Amanda Lawes, Neonatal Occupational Therapist, Singleton Hospital Swansea

Safeguarding and contraception: Ongoing care in pregnancy and community

Geraldine Joyce, Former Named Midwife for Vulnerable Families and Dr Rudiger Pittrof, Consultant, Community Sexual Health and HIV, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

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 ​weekly COVID-19 Series ​webinars remain 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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