Welcome to the MacDonald Obstetric Medicine Society
Welcome to the website of the MacDonald Obstetric Medicine Society (the UK obstetric medicine society). We aim to support clinicians across all disciplines to improve pregnancy outcomes for mothers with medical problems. This website seeks to provide guidance and resources, as well as a forum for discussion to encourage the formal expansion of this exciting specialty.
UPDATE: 10/4/2021 Our submission window for expressions of interest is closed! Thank you to all 23(!) candidates who have put themselves forward. We will be in touch with the membership regarding the voting window and process soon!
Two trainee representative roles on the MOMS executive committee have become available. This is a fantastic opportunity to represent the interests of both obstetric and physician trainees in MOMS.
The role involves regular meetings with the MOMS exec where you can discuss training opportunities alongside other MOMS agenda items. You will have the chance to develop the role depending on your skills and interests. Being organised and enthusiastic is essential!
During our time as trainee reps, we have helped develop and run the pre-conference training afternoons, involving low-fidelity simulation and case-based discussions. We have helped with social media and regularly used @M0MSUK to tweet about training opportunities and MOMS news. The MOMS website has been updated to be more user-friendly and resources like guidelines, webinars and podcasts have been collated to the benefit of both MOMS and non-MOMS members alike. The role of trainee rep is varied and flexible. If you would like to apply for the position please follow the link below.
You must be a trainee in obstetrics or a physician speciality and a member of MOMS.
Expression of interest: Maximum 1000 characters Deadline for submission: April 9th 2021 midnight
Update: For those who are close to CCT and wondering whether you can apply?
The short answer is YES YOU CAN!
However, the MOMS exec appreciates that the time around CCT may be very stressful and so leave it open to the trainee rep if they are close to CCT whether they continue in their role beyond CCT as long as they feel they are able to and keen to continue representing trainees and obstetric medicine training with their speciality. Our constitution says terms are no longer than 3 years but that is not to say one needs to remain in the role if it is no longer working for them. From the experience the current trainee reps, we feel it would be beneficial to have a minimum term of 1 year, regardless of CCT date in order to feel like you’ve settled into your role.
Welcome to the Executive Committee!
We are pleased to welcome four new exec members! Please join us in congratulating the following people to their new roles!
Paarul Prinja as Treasurer
Charlotte Frise as Education Lead
Mary Lynch as Midwife Representative
Mark Andrews as Obstetric Physician Representative
Congratulations to all and looking forward to working with you over the next 3 years!
Opportunity to Join the MOMS Executive Committee!
Following discussion and input from our membership we are excited to open 4 positions to join our executive committee.
1. Education Lead
Role involves leading on content organisation of the annual MOMS meeting and other educational ventures from the society.
Role involves access to bank and PayPal accounts and annual report formation and submission for Companies House and Charities Commission.
3. Physician Representative
The role of the physician representative is to ensure that physicians views are represented by MOMS, including but not limited to championing physician training and liaising with specialist societies. Their role also involves furthering understanding and knowledge of obstetric medicine and MOMS in physician groups and training.
4. Midwife Representative
As a new role we would welcome candidates to indicate how they feel a midwifery representative would complement and support the mission statements of MOMS. This may include but is not limited to the promotion of MDT working, assisting in the formation of maternal medicine networks as well as highlighting and supporting the role of midwives in the care of pregnant women with medical problems.
Candidates should be members of the Society and should register their interest by emailing us to our society email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send a 150 word paragraph about yourself and what you would bring to the role and MOMS as a society. You may apply for more than one role as appropriate.
The closing date for expression of interests and your application is 11pm, Friday 12th February 2021.
COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy Information Sheet
We are pleased to be involved in the formation of this this information sheet alongside the RCOG, RCM and UKTIS to help inform pregnant women to whom a COVID-19 vaccine is offered!
Updated advice on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy and women who are breastfeeding
As we see another inflection point in cases of SARS-CoV2; we have good news that the Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccination has also received MHRA approval today. This is some comfort but due to the lack of inclusion of pregnant or breastfeeding women in the vaccine trials, data is sparse as to its efficacy and safety in this vulnerable group.
As clinicians in our particular speciality we are most acutely aware that this is, again, the most exquisite of ironies – our most vulnerable women are being discouraged from being given the vaccine.
Today, however the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have also published their latest advice.
In response, MOMS together with RCOG, RCM, UKTIS, UKOSS, BMFMS and NPEU have produced a joint statement in support of COVID-19 vaccination in clinically vulnerable pregnant women.