Royal College of Midwives Conference 2013
What an honour! Representing the voice of women with Hyperemesis Gravidarum from across the UK at the RCM Conference.
What an opportunity! To get to speak to over 1,000 midwives or student midwives about pregnancy sickness and how they can help women.
That is what I'm doing this week. Pregnancy Sickness Support has a stall and I am there fronting it. Armed with leaflets, posters, pens and a survey to gather crucial data I'm raising awareness and spreading the word so that women treated by these proactive and dedicated midwives will be less alone.
Midwives can't refer to services they don't know about which is why it is so crucial we are there. If their out of date lecturers and mentors teach them nonsense about psychological causes and no safe treatments then we can undo that with our presence at this conference.
Over 1,000 midwives and each of them have lots of colleagues and will go on to mentor student midwives. Every one of those midwives see scores of women and will regularly come across women with hyperemesis. Hopefully after meeting us they will not only have greater confidence treating sufferers but they will be able to refer women women to PSS so they can get the support they deserve and need.
I'll update you with how it went later this week...