Pregnancy Sickness Support Conference 2014
We are pleased to announce that we will be holding our 4th Annual Supporters’ Conference on Saturday 11th October in Birmingham.
Empowering Families Affected by Hyperemesis Gravidarum to Enact Change
We hope this year's conference will appeal to all with an interest in Pregnancy Sickness and the Charity who want to take a pro-active approach to improving care and awareness for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum. The diverse range of topics up for discussion is suitable for current and future volunteers, their families, healthcare professionals and even journalists with an interest in the topic. The day has a particular emphasis on raising awareness in the media and building the HG community. Delegates will gain skills in discussing HG both personally and publicly and learn how they can reach out to the wider community to improve awareness and education.
The day will include the following topics:
- The Charity AGM by Trustees, public welcome to observe
- How far we have come – reflecting on the last few years
- Theories into causes and explaining the condition to the public
- Supporting women going through HG, tips on managing symptoms
- Round up of research and developments in the HG world
- Hyperemesis in the media – a consistent message and how to tell your story to raise awareness
- Building the HG community – Using social media effectively to make a difference
- Non-support roles within the charity and fundraising
- Looking to the future, where the charity is going
The Conference itself will begin with Registration at 9am and end around 3:45pm. It will cost £15 per person, which will include pastries on arrival and a buffet lunch.
The AGM will be held before the conference at 8.30am so that the public are able to attend if they wish.
Please note the change in venue:
The conference will now be held at Maple House in Birmingham.
Anyone wishing to bring their family along may find it useful to check out the Visit Birmingham website to find out details of family-friendly attractions and events in the local area.
How to Register
Registrations have now closed for the conference but if you are keen to attend then please contact us via our contact page to enquire about available spaces.
Where to Stay and Pre-Event Meet Up
Last year several of us stayed at the Premier Inn at Birmingham Central East and met for dinner in the restaurant on the Friday night. The main benefit of staying overnight meant that there was no worrying
about traffic on the Saturday morning but we discovered that the opportunity to meet up in an informal setting for dinner and a chat the night before the conference was a huge benefit too!
We’d like to arrange another meet-up like this, which we will organise closer to the event once we know how many people are interested in coming. However, in the meantime, if you’d like to stay overnight regardless of whether you want to join us for dinner or not, then the Premier Inn at Birmingham Central East is one of the closest and easiest options.
Other options include:
Keeping up to date with News
Don’t forget there is also a Volunteers’ Section on our forum where you can chat with others about your plans for the weekend. The forum is tapatalk compatible, so easy to use from your smart phone.
Past Conference and training days
Pregnancy Sickness Support holds an Annual Conference for volunteers and supporters. The first of these was held in 2010, and you can read about the day's speakers and outcomes of the event here.
Our Annual Conference was then held on 21st June 2012 in Nuneaton and the following year on 6th July 2013. Both saw a great turnout of volunteers and feedback from these two days has helped to shape the format of our Annual Conference for this year (details below).
In 2013 we also hosted the only national conference on Hyperemesis Gravidarum specifically for Healthcare Professionals, entitled "Biopsychosocial Understandings of Hyperemesis Gravidarum". Speakers were invited from around the world, from a range of disciplines, in order to present the latest medical research as well as psychological understandings and the social impact of the experience of Hyperemesis. It was a successful event and we hope to hold another similar conference soon.
"It was so comforting to speak to someone that listened to me, understood my symptoms and most importantly made me feel like I wasn't overreacting."
Nausea & vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) is very common, on average it affects 70-80% of pregnant women to a greater or lesser extent.
85% of pregnant women have two episodes of nausea per day.
30% of pregnant women in paid employment need time off work due to NVP.
You are not aloneIf you think you are suffering from HG please call us for support on: 024 7638 2020
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"I've found having a peer supporter really useful. A few texts seems like such a small thing, but it’s meant a lot to know I’m not alone and that there is someone that I can speak to, who has been through it themselves"