Maternal Medicine and Maternal Critical Care Conference: Medical Complications in Pregnancy Friday 12 – Saturday 13 May 2017 Venue: Great Room 3 & Falcon Ballroom, Le Meridien Hotel, Airport Road, Dubai, UAE

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RCOG & BMFMS Conference will be held in Dubai – United Arab Emirates, well known for its warm hospitality and rich Emirati culture heritage. Many distinguished doctors have joined the faculty and will take part in this conference. The conference has been designed to provide an innovative and comprehensive overview of the latest research development in the field of maternal medicine. The conference will also be of value to clinicians with a maternal medicine and high-risk obstetric practice. The conference is structured to address current maternal medicine issues across all medical sub-specialities with specific relevance to obstetrics. The conference has a format of lectures and breakout group work to address topical maternal medicine issues.

The conference will also be of value to clinicians with maternal medicine and high-risk obstetric practice. The conference is structured to address current maternal medicine issues across all medical subspecialities with specific relevance to obstetrics. The conference has a format of lectures and breakout group work to address topical maternal medicine issues.

Conference Organisers Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe FRCOG, Dublin Mr Jason Waugh MRCOG, Newcastle upon Tyne Honorary Director of Conferences Mr Nick Panay MRCOG, London Honorary Deputy Director of Conferences Mr Philip Toozs-Hobson FROCG, Birmingham UK Faculty Professor Fionnuala FRCOG Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College Dublin, National Maternity Hospital Mr Jason Waugh MRCOG Consultant Obstetrician, Maternal Medicine Specialist, Newcastle upon Tyne.Dr David Williams Consultant Obstetric Physician, University College London Hospital Dr Roger McMorrow Consultant Anaesthetist, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin Dr Leanne Bricker Dr Bashir Taha Salih MD Germany, FRCOG UK


Friday 12 May


8.50am Welcome and introduction Mr Jason Waugh Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe 9.00am Maternal mortality and morbidity Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe

9.30am Pregnancy, a stress test for life Dr David Williams

10.10am Gastroenterology in pregnancy Mr Jason Waugh


11.15am Venous thromboembolism in pregnancy Dr Leanne Bricker

11.45am HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe

12.20pm Auto immune disease: systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) systemic sclerosis and catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome in pregnancy with a discussion of clinical cases Dr David Williams

1.00pm LUNCH

2.00pm Sepsis in pregnancy Mr Jason Waugh

2.45pm Respiratory disease in pregnancy – aspects of acute care Dr Roger McMorrow

Maternal Medicine 25-04-20173.30pm REFRESHMENTS 4.00pm Workshops Delegates will be split into 5 groups and attend the workshops on a rotational basis. All workshops will run simultaneously and be for 30 minutes.

You will attend three workshops on day 1, and two workshops on day 2.

1. Maternal Collapse Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe

2. Blood gases, ECG & Chest X-ray Dr Roger McMorrow

3. Medical emergencies in pregnancy Dr David Williams

5.30pm CLOSE Saturday

13 May


8.30am Informal Q&A with a panel of experts – interesting cases Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe Mr Jason Waugh Dr David Williams Dr Roger McMorrow

9.30am Epilepsy in pregnancy Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe

10.10am Diabetes in Pregnancy Dr Bashir

10.50am REFRESHMENTS 11.20am Cardiology (acquired – to include peripartum cardiomyopathy) Dr David Williams

12.20pm Cardiology (congenital) Mr Jason Waugh

1.00pm LUNCH

2.00pm Workshops Delegates will be split into 5 groups and attend the workshops on a rotational basis. All workshops will run simultaneously and be for 30 minutes.

You will attend three workshops on day 1, and two workshops on day 2.

4. PPH – hypovolemic shock Dr Leanne Bricker

5. Hypertension and pre-eclampsia Mr Jason Waugh

3.00pm Renal disease in pregnancy Dr David Williams

3.30pm Liver in pregnancy Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe 4.00pm REFRESHMENTS 4.30pm Maternal critical care – what is it and where best? Dr Roger McMorrow

5.00pm Anaesthetic aspects of maternal critical care Dr Roger McMorrow

5.30pm Final remarks and close


CPR training – it could save someone’s life. Be prepared.

Collapse. Patient unresponsive and not breathing. Would you know what to do?

Knowing how to perform effective CPR and use an Automated External Defibrillator are all key life support skills that you may have to rely on if the time comes. CPR as we know it was first used in the 1960s and the American Heart Association quickly saw its benefits and the need for high quality training, not just among hospital professionals but also for the general public. Since then, being trained in BLS has become a requirement for many professionals both in the health sector and beyond.


CPR facts;

  • CPR, if performed immediately, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
  • 70% of out of hospital arrests happen in homes but only 46% of these get the help they need before a medical professional arrives.
  • The rate of CPR is 100 – 120 beats per minute, the same speed as the famous ‘staying alive’ song by the Bee Gees.
  • The most common symptoms of a typical heart attack include; central chest pain, pain spreading to the left arm/jaw, shortness of breath, clamminess, nausea.

If you’re still not sure why you should get trained in life support, just watch this moving video from the UK resuscitation council; the-public/friends- of-rc- uk/sam-mangoro/

Now are you convinced? Fortunately IBC has you covered! We run a variety of life support courses including Basic Life Support for adults and infants, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Paediatric Advanced Life Support. Have a browse through some of our courses here;

Don’t waste any more time and update your knowledge today!

Is simply having an increased maternal age the only reason behind older women having higher risk pregnancies?

A recent article published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology strives to answer this question. Thanks to the development of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) and a change in culture, women are now having children later and later. In fact, the average maternal age at delivery has increased from 26.4yrs in 1975 to 30yrs in 2013 and is still on the rise.

Masters Training in Reproductive Medicine & IVF

The national population based study in question looked at ladies that were at least 20 weeks pregnant who were all categorised as being of advanced maternal age; that is, having an age at delivery of 48 years or more. The study found 233 women willing to participate with ages ranging from 48 – 61 years, with a median age of 49. A control group of women with a mean age of 31 years was also used so that results could be compared against younger women to see which variables were contributing to put these older women into the high risk category.

The article suggests that it is not actually the age of the women in question that forces them into the high risk category, but the increase in complications that is associated with conceiving later in life. For example, 44% of women in the increased maternal age group had pre-existing medical conditions, compared with just 28% in the comparison group. However, the biggest influencing factor when talking about pregnancy risk has to be the use of assisted reproductive techniques. 78% of the women in the older age group had used some form of assisted reproduction, which is astonishingly high compared to the 4% of women in the younger age group that needed help conceiving. The impact of this meant that in the older age group, 18% of the women were carrying a multiples pregnancy, compared to only 2% in the control group, a factor that instantly increases the risk of any pregnancy.

Therefore, perhaps it is not maternal age itself that is to blame for the increased pregnancy risk but the fact that infertility correlates with increasing maternal age, leading to increased use of ART which causes more multiple pregnancies. Consequently, being able to give women confident and comprehensive advice about assisted reproduction techniques is paramount and although ART are an amazing and exciting development in fertility medicine, they have to be used both carefully and knowledgeably. What do you think?

Link to article;

Want more info on ART? Have a look at our IVF course;


Pregnancy at a very advanced maternal stage: a UK population-based cohort study. Fitzpatrick KE, Tuffnell D, Kurinczuk JJ, Knight M. BJOG Sept. 2016.

DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528

Urogynaecology; women shouldn’t have to ‘learn to live with it.’

Understanding pelvic floor and bladder dysfunction in women is a key concept in gynaecology and forms the fundamentals of the urogynaecology specialty.  Its importance as a sub-specialty is widely regarded and providing the best treatments and techniques can greatly improve a Women’s quality of life. Issues such as stress incontinence are extremely common after child birth and there is no need for patients to suffer in silence. With the right training, you could have the skills to help this growing number of women.

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IBC Medical Services is happy to present a Masters Certificate in Urogynaecology with parts 1 and 2 running from the 13-14th and the 15th-16th of October respectively. We have also been able to secure training for the 3rd part of the course at NHS trusts in Lancashire, Southampton and Southport in the UK.  This valuable time in England will provide a full week of clinical observership, with the opportunity to sit in specialist clinics and see experts in action with patients. CME hours are also available for your own development, with 14 hours for part 1 and 13 hours for part 2.

A wide variety of aspects will be covered in the course including uroflowmetry, stress and urge incontinence treatment, complex case presentations and the principles of surgery for apical prolapse. The experienced British faculty will then guide you through some hands-on practical demonstrations and surgical techniques to help further develop your knowledge in urogynaecology. What better way to improve both your skills and your patient’s quality of life than to have practical teaching from experts in the field?

Further information and registration details can be found at the link below;

Don’t regret missing out!

Become a Master of Fetal Medicine with IBC Medical Services’ Masters Course!

Fetal Medicine is an exciting field that is rapidly expanding given the introduction of new technologies and techniques. The importance of being able to identify and manage high risk pregnancies is paramount and developing your knowledge in fetal medicine has become a necessity. Dating scans, fetal anomaly assessment and umbilical artery Doppler are all considered essential skills in the field and IBC Medical Services has recognised the need for high quality training to improve the techniques of the doctors it trains.

From the 29 th -30 th of September and the 1 st October 2016, IBC Medical Services is proud to be running modules 1 and 2 of the masters training in fetal medicine program. There will be comprehensive teaching on ultrasound in fetal medicine, with a systems based approach to fetal anomalies and discussion on topics such as multiples pregnancy and non-invasive prenatal diagnosis. As always, IBC Medical Services invites highly qualified speakers to teach on our courses and this course is no exception! Experienced British consultants will be sharing their expertise and leading practical sessions with both real patients and simulators.

IBC Medical Services is the only medical trainer in the UAE offering simulation training with ultrasound devices that give real time images, guided tutorials and allow you to work through simulated cases. You could have the opportunity to visualise the fetal heart yourself and perform tasks such as crown rump length and abdominal circumference. Previous delegates have testified that this state-of- the-art software, coupled with real patients and excellent teaching are what really makes this course a success.

For more information and to register for this opportunity please follow the link below;

Too good to be true? Join our course program and see for yourself.!

We’ll see you in the scan room!

Develop your surgical skills with IBC Medical Services Laparoscopy Course!

Do you want to improve your laparoscopic surgery skills? Would you like hands on practical sessions, using state of the art equipment? Do you want to be able to prove the best standard of surgical treatment for your patients?

Laparoscopy course

IBC is excited to present our upcoming Laparoscopy training course on the 22nd to 26th September 2016 in Dubai!

Our highly skilled visiting surgeons, who have many years of experience in the field, will be guiding delegates through the course and sharing their skills. They will take delegates from exercises to improve hand eye coordination through to dissection techniques and intra-corporal suturing to ensure water-tight anastomoses. This will also be the perfect opportunity for delegates to ask specific questions about their own laparoscopic technique and gain specialist advice.

One of the highlights of this course is the opportunity to practice new found skills using our state of the art laparoscopy simulation, a facility unique in the UAE to IBC. Delegates will be able to get one-to- one feedback from specialists in the field and gain valuable experience!

Completing this course will provide delegates with not only 27.5 CME accredited hours and a course certificate but the essential surgical techniques necessary to develop your laparoscopic technique to improve your surgical practice.

Find out more today and book now to confirm your place at:

We hope to see you there!

Meet AAAM Faculty: Dr. Pegah Ceric-Dehdari

Meet one of Germany’s finest expert in Aesthetic Medicine!

Dr Pegah

Dr. Pegah Ceric-Dehdari has over 15 years of work experience and is a German board certified specialist dermatologist. She has an extensive experience in aesthetic dermatology and anti-aging which includes: Laser therapy, Radiofrequency Thermage, Chemical peeling, Botox, Filler, Mesotherapy, PRP, thread lift.

Additional she has experience in phlebology (varicose veins): duplex ultrasound diagnostic, minimal invasive varicose vein surgery, sclerotherapy, Laser vein treatment as well as skin surgery on face, scalp and body: scar revision and skin cancer by advancement flap, hair-loss diagnostic and treatment including PRP, Mesotherapy and hair transplantation.

She publishes articles about different dermatology and phlebology subjects in various magazines and gives lectures for different groups, physicians and non-physicians; as well as trains junior dermatologists on regular basis. She is the Co-author of the book Mesotherapy: Basic Principles and Clinical Practice.

Dr. Pegah Ceric-Dehdari is practicing in one of the leading clinic and hospital groups in cosmetic procedures in Dubai (Cosmesurge and Emirates Hospitals) as well as a faculty member and trainer of American Academy of Aesthetic medicine, member of the American Academy of dermatology (AAD), member of Women Dermatology Society (WDS), member of German dermatology society (DDG), and member of International Society of Dermatology (ISD). She shares her experience during workshops and lectures of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine courses around the world. The Level 1 certificate course gives the opportunity to each doctor to practice with the most renowned and famous products on live-models filler, botulinum toxin, different chemical peels and Lasers etc.

During 3 full days all your questions will be answered and your confidence will be strengthened.

Register here: or call +971 043370400 to enroll.

Is CPR First Aid training essential at workplace?

Yes, it saves lives! We don’t need to emphasis how crucial it is, imagine you go under cardiac arrest and none of your colleagues are trained to perform CPR, sadly the chances of saving your life decreases drastically. There is also a chance of acute damage being done to your heart, brain and other vital organs even though you survive the torment.

If someone is trained in giving CPR first aid, they not only save the person’s life but also reduce the risk of any severe damage caused to your heart, brain or vital organs. CPR will help to keep your body oxygenated until the medical help arrives which will diminish any further risks.


It is an employer’s obligation to safeguard that they have ample trained First Aiders to accomplish their safety needs at all times. Mostly organizations are concerned with first aid because it is a legal requirement from Dubai Municipality, in order to renew their trade license or pitch for certain contracts. Whatever the reason maybe, it is always a good idea to get first aid training solely because it can save one’s life!

Visit to know how your organization can receive CPR First Aid Training!