Every family matters: disability, pregnancy and parenthood
All day joint meeting with the Intellectual Disability Forum.

A meeting of the Forum on Maternity & the Newborn, Thursday 19th June 2008
The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE


The Department of Health is sponsoring British Sign Language interpreters for this event and has also given money for subsidised places to be available to those with a disability and also to student health professionals.

9.30 am Registration

Morning Session: Disabled Parents: The issues and challenges

10.00 am Introduction and chair: Dr Jane Verity, Department of Health

10.10 am Disability and Parenthood: the context
Jackie Topp, disabled parent, advocate and researcher

10.30 am To catch the vision: setting up a service
Jackie Rotherham, disability advisor and Specialist Midwife at the Liverpool Women's Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust Disability Service

10.45 am Empowerment: practical examples of midwife care for parents with additional needs
Patricia Fairlamb, Midwife (Special Needs), Milton Keynes Maternity Unit, Milton Keynes General NHS Trust

11.00 am Education: Preparing midwives to meet the needs of disabled women during their childbirth experience

11.15 am Putting theory into practice
Julie Williams, Midwife, Basildon, Hospital

11.30 am Tea and coffee

11.50 am Working for change - influencing maternity services as a disabled parent
Isabella Devani, East Kent Maternity Services Liaison Committee user representative, disabled parent

12.10 pm DPPI: Supporting disabled parents and examples of accessible information for parents with sensory impairments
Shanta Everington and Krishna Ramamurthy, Information Officers at Disability, Pregnancy and Parenthood International

12.30 pm Discussion with panel of speakers

1.00 pm Lunch

Afternoon Session: Getting it right for people with intellectual disabilities, their parents and children - their experiences, issues and concerns

2.00 pm Every family matters - the right to a family life. A new deal for carers
Dr Philippa Russell CBE, National Children's Bureau, London

2.20 pm Empowering learning disabled parents
Ruth Conley, Rosalind Gallon and Clare Arnold

2.40 pm Supporting parents with learning disabilities and their children
Working together with parents network

3.00 pm Shaping the future learning from the past - parents sharing experiences with health professionals
LD Caring Solutions, London

3.20 pm Tea and coffee

3.40 pm Informing parents, educating midwives
Harbinder Kaur-Forde, Midwifery Sister, St George's Hospital

4.05 pm Getting it right for people with learning disabilities
Death to Indifference

4.10 pm Discussion with panel of speakers

4.30 pm Close of meeting

Meeting ref: MB-E10-4

CPD: 5 credits

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