Tuesday 12th November 2019 (may be subject to change)


Registration & Neworking


Opening Broadcast Programme


Official Opening

Guest of Honour


Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE
Chief Midwifery Officer for England


Elizabeth Iro
Chief Nursing Officer
World Health Organisation (WHO)

Franka Cadee
International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)


Seminar Stream A

A1. Education

A1 Midwives as CEOs: why midwives need to become business savvy in order to take back the midwifery profession
Joanne Parkington
Midwife Entrepreneur and CEO
My Midwife & Me Ltd

A2. Clinical Practice Safety (1hr)

Keynote Presentation

Designing systems that improve safety and dignity in childbirth for every person, everywhere
Dr Neel Shah
MD, MPP, FACOG, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Harvard Medical School
Director, Delivery Decisions Initiative
Harvard’s Ariadne Labs

Panel Discussion

A3. Innovation & Transformation (1hr)

Leadership & Change

Insights from transforming UK Maternity Services
Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE
Chief Midwifery Officer for England
NHS England

Panel Discussion

A4. Innovation & Transformation

Perinatal Mental Health. Reassurance, Guidance & Self-identification
Lisa Hammond
More Than A Tick Box
Donna Davies
More Than A Tick Box


Refreshments, Neworking & Exhibition Viewing


Seminar Stream B

B1. Research (1hr)

Leadership & Change

The Lancet Series on Midwifery – what happened next?
Professor Mary Renfrew FRSE
Professor of Mother and Infant Health
University of Dundee
Co-Author of The Lancet Series on Midwifery

Panel Discussion

B2. Education

Education, training and team work – improvement in neonatal resuscitation
David Hutchon BSc (Med Sci)
MB, ChB, FRCOG, Retired Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

B3. Clinical Practice

There is substantial variation in maternity care processes and outcomes among maternity care providers: What can midwives do with the evidence from the 2016/17 Clinical Report from the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit?
Dr Tina Harris
Senior Clinical Lead (Midwifery) and National Maternity and Perinatal Audit
Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

B4. Education (1hr)

Leadership & Change

The Framework for Action to Strengthen Midwifery Education for Universal Health Coverage
Frances McConville
Midwifery Adviser
World Health Organisation (WHO)

B5. Innovation & Transformation (1hr)

Sponsored by Best Beginnings

Baby Buddy: Embracing the power of a co-created digital innovation to inform and empower parents and transform maternity care in the UK and beyond.

Baby Buddy UK: supporting the implementation of Better Births and the Long Term Plan
Alison Baum OBE
Founder and CEO
Best Beginnings
Baby Buddy Cyprus: supporting the educational needs of parents and health professionals
Associate Professor Nicos Middleton
Associate Professor in Health Sciences Research Methodology and Biostatistics
Head of Department of Nursing and Dean of School of Health Sciences
Cyprus University of Technology
Baby Buddy Australia: supporting the implementation of the Safer Baby Bundle
Professor Adrienne Gordon
Royal Prince Alfred Newborn Care Sydney
University of Sydney
Chief Investigator
Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence, Australia


Lunch, Neworking & Exhibition Viewing


Seminar Stream C

C1. Research

Labelled high risk: exploring perception of risk during childbirth in women with an increased BMI>35kg/m2
Gail Norris
Midwife for Education
Edinburgh Napier University

Parents’ experiences of children with food
Tisian Lynskey-Wilkie

C2. Education (1hr)

Leadership & Change

Collaborating to improve midwifery education in Eastern Europe: Developing the WHO Midwifery Assessment Tool for Education (MATE)
Professor Billie Hunter CBE
RCM Professor of Midwifery
Cardiff University
Grace Thomas
Lead Midwife for Education & Professional Head of Midwifery
School of Healthcare Sciences, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Cardiff University

C3. Clinical Practice

Ensuring choice for a positive birth
Milli Hill
The Positive Birth Movement

Five Guide: enhancing caesarean section recovery
Janine McKnight-Cowan BEM
Queens Nurse Project Health Visitor
Derbyshire Community Healthcare Services NHS Foundation Trust

“Winner – Community and General Practice Nurse of the Year Award”

Panel Discussion

C4. Innovation & Transformation

Architecture and place: home is where its safe – designing environments for childbirth
Dr Nicoletta Setola
Department of Architecture, TESIS Centre, University of Florence, Italy

Designing birth spaces grounded in women’s experiences of giving birth – an architect’s perspective
Dr Sarah Joyce
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Leeds

C5. Sustainability (1hr)

Leadership & Change

A gathering storm – fear and worry in the childbearing population
Dr Kathryn Gutteridge
Consultant Midwife
Royal College of Midwives

Panel Discussion


Refreshments, Neworking & Exhibition Viewing


Seminar Stream D

D1. Research

Similarities in Mother-Daughter Labour and Birth Characteristics: A two-generation matched cohort study
Dr Mindy Ebrahimoff
Senior Midwife, Senior Lecturer, Clinical Tutor
Lis Maternity Hospital, Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

D2. Education & Leadership (1hr)

Keynote Presentation

Embracing the complex dynamics of twinning
Liselotte Kweekel
International Policy Advisor
Royal Dutch Organisation of Midwives

Panel Discussion

D3. Clinical Practice

The first freestanding Brazilian Birthcenter: empowering women and midwives to change the culture around birth
Ana Baraldi
Luz de Candeeiro Birthcenter, Brazil

Dutch midwives’ views on and experiences with woman-centred care: A Q-methodology study
Dr Yvonne Fontein-Kuipers
Associate Professor
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

D4. Innovation & Transformation (1hr)

Leadership & Change

Maternity – innovation and transformation
Baroness Julia Cumberlege CBE
National Maternity Review
All Party Health Group
Former UK Minister

Panel Discussion

D5. Sustainability

Can understanding resilience in Nigerian midwifery enhance compassionate care? Findings from a study of midwives experiences of workplaceadversity in Tertiary Hospital, North West Nigeria
Halima Musa Abdul
PhD Student
Cardiff Univeristy

Continuity of carer: An exploration of third year student midwives perceptions and views of their readiness to work in a continuity of care model at the point of professional registration
Caitlin Wilson
Consultant Midwife
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust/University of Worcester


IME 2019 Reception & Exhibition


IME 2019 Awards & Dinner



Natasha Kaplinsky OBE
Save the Children Ambassador