Date: 13 March 2017
Bring together a large group of experienced, committed midwives and midwifery managers and a great energy fills the room. At the launch of our new themed review Better Beginnings, delegates had lively discussions, prompted by presentations from leading academics, making sense of the latest research.
The scene was set by Louise Silverton, Director of Midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives, Matthew Jolly, the National Clinical Director for Maternity and Women’s Health and Genevieve Porritt, a new mother, accompanied by her son Dylan.
Of the nine collections of research evidence covered in the review, three key evidence areas were the focus of the afternoon: stopping smoking in pregnancy, healthy diet and weight, and the issues in addressing inequalities in pregnancy.
After each presentation, the room buzzed with delegates discussing the evidence and what it means for their practice, mulling over ideas for developing services and identifying future research questions.
New ideas and questions to emerge included the following:
As the afternoon drew to a close, the air of engagement and motivation in the room made us confident that delegates would be taking their ideas back into the workplace, able to confidently refer to multiple sources of evidence set out in the ‘Better Beginnings’ report. We were encouraged by just some of the midwife delegates’ parting comments:
“The seminar has stimulated discussion around many of the political agendas which challenge and block simplification of evidence-based care pathways to improve outcomes in pregnancy to make it safer and better.”
“Implementation of research evidence is key. Reports such as Better Beginnings provides a fantastic resource for frontline staff who have opportunity to convey key messages.”
“Very thought provoking – good to mix with researchers and academics. Focused me as a manager about the implementation of evidence.”
To get a sense of the day, see our Twitter moment.
Midwives and midwifery managers came together at the launch of Better Beginnings to discuss research on smoking cessation, diet and health inequalities.
Head of Engagement, NIHR Dissemination Centre