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Neonatal Conferences

Our neonatal conferences provide the chance for health professionals supporting neonatal units to come together, share ideas, and hear from experts in the field about the latest research on improving standards of care for the most vulnerable babies and their families.

Our second Neonatal Conference took place on the 9th of May 2017. The event provided celebrated all the great work taking place across the UK, to give vulnerable babies the best possible chance to thrive.

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Speakers included

  • Sue Ashmore, Head of Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative: Opening address (view slides)
  • Dr Matthew Hyde, Research Associate in Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London: Microbirth (view slides)
  • Dr Laura De Rooy – Consultant Neonatologist, Neonatal Unit – St George’s Hospital: The use of breastmilk fortifier and growth
  • Inga Warren – Senior NIDCAP Trainer, University College Hospital:  It’s not what you do – it is how you do it. Practical skills for family and infant neurodevelopmental care. See link to the audio from Inga’s talk, on this page
  • Annie Aloysius – Clinical specialist speech and language therapist (neonatology) – Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust: Family integrated care models (view slides). See link to the audio from Annie’s talk, on this page
  • Karen Read, Infant Feeding Co-ordinator and Louise Rattenbury, Matron, Neonatal Unit, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust: Implementing the Baby Friendly neonatal standards in Exeter (view slides).
  • Improvements in neonatal care video – updates from six units on their Baby Friendly journey.

The event also saw the official launch of the neonatal branch of NIFN (the National Infant Feeding Network), a network of dedicated health professionals supporting neonatal units to improve standards of care in the UK for sick and preterm babies and their families.

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A very good conference, great value for money and inspiring to give thought for future improvement in UK
Delegate from first Baby Friendly Neonatal Conference, 2015

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