Talks And Workshops

MBCC 2018 will have a full program of talks and workshops on both days of the Convention. There will be two broad themes covering the days

Talks and Workshops will run from approximately 10.30 am – 5 pm on both days

We understand that under the revalidation requirements towards fulfilling the Participatory Learning element of CPD for the NMC, you may find that this and other workshops running through the Convention can be used towards revalidation depending on it’s relevance to your scope of practice as a nurse or midwife.  For those who require it, for evidence of ongoing Continual Professional Development, certificates of attendance will be provided.

Friday – Supporting Families

Slingababy CPD Sponsors:

Workshop – Breastfeeding and carrying – Lorette Michallon – Slingababy

In this practical workshop you will learn how combining these two skills can be beneficial. You will be shown how we can safely bring a baby to the breast. You will be given tips to use slings to help establish feeding. This workshop will also run on Friday as part of the CPD timetable, and is suitable for parents and expecting parents, health professionals and carrying professionals.

Lorette Michallon runs the Slingababy carrying school and has trained over 500 consultants and peer supporters over the last 5 years. She is a mother of two with a deep passion for learning, teaching, education, compassion and self-improvement.  Being French gives her access to different platforms which gives her a unique approach. She prides herself in delivering quality training.


Silver Sponsor Workshop: CalmFamily

more details to follow

Workshop – Katy Chachou – Action on Postpartum Psychosis

Katy is currently working on a project with the charity Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) and the West Midlands Perinatal Mental Health Service User Development Forum to deliver training on Postpartum Psychosis in the region. Katy has lived experience of Postpartum Psychosis and the workshop will include a personal account of the illness as well as factual information, where to signpost appropriately and what support APP offers such as brochures, contacts and peer support.

Katy was also listed this year on the  Independent’s Happy List 2018 – people who make life better for others.

Workshop – Carrying with Special Considerations – Leigh Dumighan and Nicole Hastie – Kangaroo Care UK / Vija Design UK

This workshop is being run by Leigh and Nicole, with the support of the staff at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire’s Neonatal Unit with whom Coventry Slings CIC has been working for the last 18 months.  Kangaroo Care UK is a social enterprise which aims to help parents enjoy more skin to skin contact with their babies. They are the UK distributor for Vija Design, a leading creator of Kangaroo Care Wraps and Clothing.

This workshops aims to increase your confidence through discussing ideas, and having a go at hands-on practical suggestions, and other things to think about when working with families whose babies have that bit extra that should be taken into account when carrying safely.

Leigh Dumighan is a Bliss Champion and Parent Expert Speaker who shares the power of Skin to Skin Contact and the need for Family Integrated Care with audiences ranging from Senior Neonatologists to Student Nurses. Her own experiences of skin to skin began with the early arrival of her eldest son, now 10. He was so poorly his mum and dad were told to say their goodbyes, but being cuddled on his mum’s chest helped him fight. Leigh is co-founder of Kangaroo Care UK.

Nicole Hastie is a Sling Consultant trained with School of Babywearing and Slingababy. She has been supporting parents to carrying their babies for almost 10 years and runs Cheltenham and Gloucester Sling Library. Nicole’s career alongside all things sling related is focussed on the inclusion of disabled children and young people in their local communities. Working with disabled parents and the families of disabled children enables her to combine these two interests. Nicole is co-founder of Kangaroo Care UK.


Workshop – Postnatal Physiology and Physiotherapy – Sundeep Watkins, Physiotherapist at Harborne Physiotherapy

Sundeep is a physiotherapist with over 20 years of experience in treating clients with musculoskeletal conditions in NHS, private healthcare and corporate settings. She has undertaken specialist training related to Women’s & Men’s Health and has worked and trained with specialist pelvic health physiotherapists at Harborne Physiotherapy and Warwick Hospital and now sees clients at clinics in Leamington Spa & Solihull and is trained as a Mummy MOT practitioner. Sundeep is also a senior lecturer at the University of Leicester and Coventry University and has assisted in teaching post-graduate pelvic health courses for physiotherapists starting out in pelvic health.

“I like to look at each client in a holistic way and am ‘hands on’ in the way I assess andtreat. This could include looking at posture, movement and breathing patterns in addition to checking individual joints and muscles.  My ultimate goal is to put you back in control of your health with the right treatment, advice and exercise.”

VIP Bag Sponsors Little Possums

Short Talk: Why Carrying Matter for Fathers  – Bob Betts – Little Possums

Do you want to know more about the benefits to Dad and the whole family when Dad babywears?
Do you support Dads postnatally or support the whole family postnatally?
As a Dad do you carry your child in your arms? Interested in wearing your little one in a sling or carrier but not sure where to start?  Come along and find out more about babywearing and discover the benefits to your child, your partner and yourselves when you are carrying your child. 

“I started babywearing around 8 and a half years ago when my eldest daughter was a few weeks old, from then it has snowballed to where I am now, Dad to 4 children and A Slingababy trained Babywearing consultant running Derby and Nottingham Sling Library and Little Possums online sling retail with my partner.”


Talks and Workshops – Saturday