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Lecture Overview

What happens to a foetus when the mother is addicted to some form of harmful substance? Join Racheal Ramsay for a refresher on what does and does not cross the placenta during pregnancy, and how some of the most common and legal substances can do damage to the unborn foetus...


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Rachael Ramsay

Rachael Ramsay is a Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs in Pregnancy and CHAMP service co-ordinator. She graduated as a midwife in 1997 from the University of Sheffield, U.K. She immigrated to Australia with her family in 2007 and has worked at the Mater Mothers hospital since this time. She has worked within the CHAMP service at Mater Mothers Hospital since July 2014 and became Clinical Midwifery Consultant for the service in 2016. The service provides continuity of midwifery care by specialist midwives who support women and their families with substance use and misuse. Working with a multi-disciplinary team the aim is to support women through pregnancy and the postnatal period and maintain the family unit where possible. See Educator Profile


20 Total Rating(s)
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Tina Gray
02 Mar 2020

very interesting. It did seem to be only part of a talk though.

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Anna Bagus
06 Aug 2019

Very informative and well presented .

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Hsueh-Fu Hung
28 May 2019

Useful and practical knowledge is provided with educator's detailed explanation.

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Barbara Clare Affleck
26 May 2019


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megan elliott
17 May 2019

Excellent presentation. Clear and good information given in a short space of time.

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Rhonnda O'Shanmessy
15 May 2019


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Andrea Vout
12 May 2019

An informative overview of substance use in pregnancy, its impact on maternal and fetal wellbeing, plus assessment and monitoring post partum.

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Jacinda moroney
11 May 2019

One of the best lectures I’ve heard so far

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Lisa Ajala
09 May 2019

Informative presentation

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Kelly Williams
30 Apr 2019

Interesting video