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The 2021 Baby Friendly Virtual Neonatal Conference took place on 15th June 2021.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our fantastic line-up of speakers and to all delegates for joining us at the 2021 Virtual Neonatal Conference. We hope you enjoyed the event and found the talks interesting and inspiring. See our post-conference blog post by UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Programme Director Sue Ashmore for more here

We have made a selection of talks from the conference available for you to watch – please see the videos linked to the right of the screen.  

Speakers and topics at the 2021 Virtual Neonatal Conference included:

  • Karen Read, Professional Lead for Neonatal, UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative – Welcome
  • Sue Ashmore, UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative – Update and overiew
  • Anna Quinn, Neonatal Programme Manager, NHS England and NHS Improvement Implementing the recommendations of the Neonatal Critical Care Transformation Review in 2021/22
  • Renée Flacking, Professor in Paediatric Nursing, Dalarna University, Sweden – Positive breastfeeding experiences and facilitating factors
  • Dr Sarah Bates, Consultant Paediatrician & Neonatologist, PERIPrem Operational Clinical Lead – Improving survival & outcomes for preterm infants through optimising early Maternal Breast Milk – a national QI toolkit from BAPM
  • Dr Nathalie Charpak, Paediatrician and Researcher in KMC, Director of Kangaroo Foundation of Bogota, Colombia – The long-term effects of the Kangaroo Mother care method
  • Louise Rattenbury, Matron Neonatal Unit, The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital – The journey to Gold & lessons learnt
  • Colm Darby Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Southern Health and Social Care Trust – Resilience of the neonatal units during COVID-19
  • Dr Matthew Price, Principal Clinical Psychologist & Infant Mental Health Pathway Lead, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust – Very little minds matter: the importance of infant mental health in a neonatal context
  • Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, CLE, CCCE, CLD, Mother Journey – Foundations in health, human milk, epigenetics, and the microbiome
  • Prof Paul Clarke, Consultant Neonatologist/Honorary Professor, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & University of East Anglia Delivery room cuddles for extremely preterm babies and parents
  • Lottie King, Leo’s Neonatal – Nurture Project: Parent support groups through COVID-19
  • Janet Dalzell, Professional Lead for Scotland, UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative – Close of conference

Please see below a supplemental delegate handout provided by Laurel Wilson to accompany her talk.