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Success for midwifery research showcase

Almost a hundred delegates attended the third annual Midwifery & Women's Health Research Showcase, held at Saint Mary's Hospital on 3rd February.

ShowcaseThe one-day event was organised by The Midwifery and Women's Health Research Group at The University of Manchester and Saint Mary's Hospital.  Open to any health professional interested in midwifery and women's health research developments, presentations covered topics ranging from care during pregnancy and labour to improving care after stillbirth.

The keynote speaker was Dr Sara Kenyon of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists' Clinical Study Group for Intrapartum Care.  She updated delegates on important issues in intrapartum research.  Other speakers looked at the public health dimension of maternal care, and also women's experience of ante- and post-natal care.

Research Midwife Co-ordinator Suzanne Thomas, one of the organisers, thanked both speakers and delegates for supporting the event.  "We had a significant increase in numbers this year, with more than half the delegates coming  from outside Manchester," she said.

"It's particularly exciting that several colleagues who attended in previous years with an initial interest in research have been able to pursue this and apply for research midwife posts. Several midwives also commented that they will take the recommendations for practice based on the research presented at the showcase back to their units.

Delegate comments included:

"a friendly event with brief overviews of lots of projects - all very applied and accessible.."

"excellent range of speakers and well organised.."

"excellent value for money.."

"interesting speakers with good opportunities for questions.."