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Leigh Day supports childbirth injury event at Royal Society of Medicine

The event on Wednesday 22 March 2017 will mark the official launch of charity the MASIC Foundation

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15 March 2017

Law firm Leigh Day has announced it will be supporting a one-day meeting next week at the Royal Society of Medicine on 22 March 2017 entitled ‘Injuries in childbirth: raising awareness and restoring dignity for mothers’.

The meeting aims to consider how the medical profession can help improve outcomes and modify healthcare policy to reduce the impact of birth injuries on the health of mothers.

The event, supported by Leigh Day, will be attended by over 200 medical professionals and members of the public and is hosted in collaboration with the MASIC Foundation and the Royal Society of Medicine.

It will also mark the official launch of the MASIC Foundation, a registered charity led by one of the UK’s leading colorectal surgeons, Professor Michael Keighley. The Foundation supports mothers who experience anal sphincter injuries during childbirth which can often result in bowel incontinence.

The keynote speaker at the event will be Baroness Cumberlege CBE who in 2015 conducted a review of maternity services for NHS England as head of the National Maternity Review. She will be speaking on ‘Improving the health of the new mother’.

Other speakers include Professor Lesley Page CBE, the President of the Royal College of Midwives, who will be speaking on ‘Awareness in Midwifery’ as well as Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, the Chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, on ‘Awareness in Primary Care’.

Claire Fazan from Leigh Day, a leading clinical negligence expert on childbirth injuries, will speak at the meeting on the legal position relating to consent, compensating avoidable injury and treatment failures for women.

Ms Fazan said: “We are committed to all efforts to change the experience for mothers who suffer an injury at birth – so many of whom suffer in isolation and with little or no support or understanding of the impact that their injuries have had on their lives. 

“We welcome the establishment of the MASIC Foundation and its aims to tackle the issue of serious tears suffered by women through education and modifying medical procedures where required.”

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