Preparing for Positive Pregnancies: A Public Health Approach to the Next Generation of Scottish Parents

This event will explore the actions that both policymakers and practitioners can take that will help Scotland’s prospective mothers and fathers achieve better pregnancy and birth outcomes.

Book now to enjoy the early bird rate, available until Friday 16 March 2018
Please quote PREGEB20 when booking to receive a 20% discount

Promoting preconception health across the life course

We know that annually in Scotland:

  • At least half of all pregnancies are unintended, mistimed or ill-prepared
  • Nearly 1 in 4 conceptions don’t result in a live birth
  • More than 10,000 pregnancies each year end with a termination
  • Pregnancy and birth outcomes are consistently worse in deprived areas
  • Roughly 1 out of 10 deliveries require ‘extra care’ from the NHS post-partum
  • At least 500 babies born each year in Scotland have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
  • Over 25% of school-aged children are classified as needing ‘additional support for learning’
  • A significant percentage of these adverse outcomes were preventable, but not prevented

There is a clear link between a baby’s health and their mother’s health both before and between pregnancies. Inadequate or absent preparation for parenthood among both women and men is an obstacle to good child health and wellbeing. Preconception care aims to improve health for all women of childbearing age and to target support for women at highest risk of poorer medical or social outcomes. Taking this preventative approach to preconception and prenatal health will reduce health inequalities and ease demands on our services.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • The evidence base behind public health approaches to preconception and prenatal health
  • The preconception health risk indicators for an adverse pregnancy outcome and actions for mitigating them, including alcohol misuse, smoking and obesity
  • Current awareness of preconception health in Scotland amongst health and non-health staff
  • Learning from case studies of Scottish NHS Boards targeting preconception health
  • How interventions  - technological or educational - can improve preconception health

Who will benefit from attending?

This event will be of interest to individuals and organisations who are in a position to promote positive lifestyle choices by prospective mothers and fathers including: midwives, health visitors, family support workers, educators, social workers, youth workers, GPs, and public health staff, and anyone working with vulnerable groups at risk of having problematic pregnancies.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Dr Jonathan Sher, Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy
  • Ashley Goodfellow, Public Health Specialist, NHS Lanarkshire​
  • Nel Whiting, Learning and Development Co-ordinator, Scottish Women's Aid
  • Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive, Ash Scotland
  • Dr Patricia D. Jackson​



Session 1: Preconception Health, Education and Care

  • What is preconception health and why does it matter? 
  • Preconception health actions across the UK and Europe

Session 2: Promoting Preconception Public Health Across Scotland

  • Awareness of preconception care amongst health and non-health professionals in Scotland
  • The Dumfries and Galloway Preconception Health Toolkit
  • Reproductive health before and between pregnancies

Session 3: Preventing Adverse Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes

  • Alcohol, tobacco and substance misuse
  • Stress, depression, domestic abuse and other underlying challenges
  • Diet, nutrition and exercise
  • Mistimed, ill-prepared and/or unwanted pregnancies

*subject to change


Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

30 May 2018
Central Edinburgh
United Kingdom



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