The BSPOGA Scientific Conference Speakers

(in order of presentation on the day)

Prof Simon Mitchell

Professor Simon Mitchell MD MRCP FRCPCH DCH DRCOG

Consultant Neonatal Paediatrician St Mary’s Hospital Manchester, Honorary Professor, School of Health Care Professions, University of Salford

After undergraduate medical training in Dundee he completed postgraduate training in paediatrics and neonatology in London, Oxford, Birmingham and Toronto. MD awarded for thesis exploring genetic aspects in cerebral palsy. Interests include neonatal ventilation & respiratory support, neonatal resuscitation, care of the well newborn and medicolegal aspects of neonatology, particularly perinatal asphyxia and causation in perinatally acquired brain injury.

Jason Gardosi

Professor Jason Gardosi. Director of West Midlands Perinatal Institute

Jason was born in Hungary, went to school in Germany and received his medical training in Perth, Australia before moving to the UK in 1985. He specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology and worked as a consultant / senior lecturer in Nottingham before coming to Birmingham to set up the West Midlands Perinatal Institute in 2000.

Jason has interests in perinatal epidemiology, research into fetal growth and maturation, and audit of the care of mothers and babies, in order to assist with the development and implementation of best practice. In 2003 he was appointed to an Honorary Professorship in Maternal and Perinatal Health at the University of Warwick.

Karen Guerrero

Gibraltarian doctor Karen Guerrero, Urogynecologist

Karen works for Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Trust - one of the biggest NHS Trusts in the UK. She qualified as a gynecologist and later specialized in this area having spent nine years in Wales before moving to Scotland. Recently awarded the Welsh Obstetric and Gynaecology Society prize for her work on surgery for urinary incontinence in women, she has published work in medical journals relating to her research into treatment of urinary problems in women, and is often called upon to present her work both at a national and international level.

Mary Hepburn

Dr Mary Hepburn, Consultant Obstetrician, Women’s Reproductive Health Service, Princess Royal Maternity, Glasgow

Dr Hepburn has been at the forefront of providing specialist services for mothers-to-be with drug and alcohol addictions, HIV, mental illness or experiening homelessness, domestic abuse or rape.

She was pivotal in establishing the Glasgow Women’s Reproductive Health Service for women with socially deprived backgrounds who are the most victimised people in society.

katheryn gutteridge

Kathryn Gutteridge, Consultant Midwife at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals

Consultant Midwife, Supervisor of Midwives, Current Chair of RCM Consultant Midwives Forum, Psychotherapist, Founder of Sanctum Midwives an organisation raising awareness, educating and researching the effects of sexual abuse during childbearing.

I am currently a PhD doctoral student at Bournemouth University investigating the concept of Fear during Childbearing, what is it, what is the cause and how do we manage it within maternity services?

Julia Dodd

Julia Dodd, Specialist Midwife, Royal Shrewsbury Maternity Hospital

Julia has 30 years experience as a qualified nurse and midwide having practiced at home, and abroad in rural isolation. During the latter years of her midwifery career she has developed a professional interest in the issues surrounding gender violence in pregnancy, and the extensive knowledge gained through education and clinical experience has enabled her to contribute to changes in practice at both a local and national level.

Through contributions at national conferences, facilitating policy and strategy development, and by formulating and delivering training programmes for heath professionals, she aims to increase awareness of the physical and psychological health sequalae of domestic abuse in order to promote improved responses and outcomes for families affected by gender violence.

Lynn Dudley

Lynn Dudley, RN, RM, Supervisor of Midwives, Lead Research Midwife, North Staffordshire

Lynn is a band 7 delivery suite midwife at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and has been qualified as a midwife since 1990. Lynn's enthusiasm and passion for evidence based maternity care has previously led her to updating existing and developing new multi-disciplinary evidence based clinical practice guidelines.

Lynn secured a Smith and Nephew Doctoral Nursing studentship award in October 2008 to undertake a mixed methods research study called PREVIEW‘Perineal re-suturing versus expectant management following vaginal delivery complicated by a dehisced wound’.


Professor Kerstin Moberg, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm

Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg, M.D., Ph.D., is recognized as a world authority on oxytocin. Her research takes place at the famed Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, where she is Professor of Physiology. The author of more than 400 scientific papers and a previous book, She and He, Dr. Uvnäs Moberg lectures widely in Europe and the United States. Her work has been influential in a variety of fields, including obstetrics, psychology, animal husbandry, physical therapy, pediatrics, and child development. The mother of four children, she lives in Djursholm, Sweden.

Claudine Domoney

Claudine Domoney, Consultant Gynaecologist, Chelsea and Westminster, London

Ms Claudine Domoney is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where she offers general gynaecology services with specialist interests in urogynaecology and childbirth problems, menopause, premenstrual syndrome and sexual difficulties. Ms Domoney is an international and national speaker on the areas of her expertise and has research interests in the menopause, PMS, sexual difficulties and complementary therapies.  Ms Domoney lives in London with her family and enjoys meeting friends and travel.