Midwifery and Health & Social Care teaching sessions


We are here to help midwives, health visitors, community nurses and other health and social staff in supporting new and expectant parents during prenatal screening & testing, when sharing news that baby has Down’s syndrome and through the early years.

We offer teaching sessions and support to hospitals, maternity, and neonatal services to help raise awareness of Down’s Syndrome and when sharing news that baby has Down’s syndrome. These sessions are delivered by our Family Support team along with speakers with lived experience.

Our Teaching sessions cover:

  • Supporting you to support parents through screening and diagnosis of Down’s syndrome and through the early years
  • Health Visitor & Community Nurse Teaching Sessions

You can find out more about each of these sessions and how to book below.

We also provide free new parent packs to all maternity hospitals, community midwives, health visitors and paediatric clinics. If you would like more information or to receive some of these please contact our Family Support Team by emailing familysupportservice@dsscotland.org.uk or calling 0300 030 2121. You can view these digitally here.

All of our online sessions comply with our Online Safeguarding policy, this can be accessed here, please take the time to read this policy prior to your session if you have any questions we are more than happy to answer them.

Midwifery and Health & Social Care Training

Tuesday Lunchtime Talks

We are hosting a series of lunchtime talks, these sessions are aimed at supporting healthcare professionals to increase their awareness of specific health conditions that can potentially affect people with Down’s syndrome. The talks take place on the last Tuesday of every month between 12.30pm – 1pm. 30th April – Dr Elizabeth Herrieven – Presentations […]

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Health Visitor & Community Nurse Teaching Sessions

These sessions will give you: Information on the health issues & characteristics of someone with Down’s syndrome A greater understanding of their learning profile The support we can offer to families Insights from a parent speaker about how families are central to decision making Some examples of good practice Sessions can last from 1 to […]

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Supporting Parents from Pregnancy to Parenthood: A Toolkit for Care

After this teaching session, you will have: Increased your awareness and understanding of Down’s syndrome Gained an understanding from a parent’s perspective about receiving the news Considered supportive strategies for sharing the news to parents Heard parents’ views of what life is like raising a child with Down’s syndrome Confidence that you can adapt your […]

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