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


Franka Cadee
International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)


Seminar Stream A

A1. Research

Discussion Points

  • New biology insight
  • Microbiome
  • Integration

Presentations to be selected from the international call for papers

A2. Education

Midwives as CEOs: why midwives need to become business savvy in order to take back the midwifery profession
Joanne Parkington
Chief Executive
The One to One Partnership

A3. Clinical Practice

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

A4. Innovation & Transformation

Keynote Presentation

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

Panel Discussion

A5. Innovation & Transformation

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


Seminar Stream B

B1. Research

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. Innovation & Transformation

Using Apps for mentoring and confidence building
Alison Baum OBE
Chief Executive
Best Beginnings

The Baby Buddy app: A cost effective public health intervention promoting patient activation and self-care
Nilushka Perera
Evaluation and Impact Lead
Best Beginnings

B5. Sustainability

“Overwhelmed and out of depth”: Responses from recently qualified midwives in the United Kingdom to the work, health and emotional lives of midwives study
Joanne Cull
Midwife, Lecturer and Researcher
Croydon University Hospital

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


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

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

C3. Clinical Practice

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

Discussion Points

  • New technology
  • Reducing distance
  • Personalised monitoring

Presentations to be selected from the international call for papers


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

Embracing the complex dynamics of twinning
Franka Cadee
International Confederation of Midwives, The Netherlands

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

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

Panel Discussion

D5. Sustainability

Discussion Points

  • Equipment life cycles
  • Recycling
  • Design and maintenance
  • Securing maximum value

Presentations to be selected from the international call for papers


Fringe & Creative Studios


IME 2019 Reception & Exhibition


IME 2019 Awards & Dinner



Natasha Kaplinsky OBE
Save the Children Ambassador