Women with epilepsy
Women with epilepsy
Maternity epilepsy shared-care toolkit
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PDF Free to download peer reviewed maternity epilepsy toolkit above. Designed to assist history taking; reduce risk, increase knowledge and awareness and provide a summary of management in pregnancy. For further information click:  Professional page. This toolkit has been incorporated into the new RCM i-learn epilepsy in pregnancy module, Click: RCM i-learn.

 Copyright  Kim Morley


Founder of website:

Kim Morley, Epilepsy Specialist Nurse/Midwife Practitioner.

RCM National & Regional Award Winner, 'Mum's Midwife of the Year,' 2016. Based at: Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester. Hampshire. SO22 5DG

email: kim.morley@nhs.net  

Appts, Tel: 01962824210

Facebook support group, the big conversation: women with epilepsy


Women can self refer or be referred by a health professional. To action a professional referral, please see your GP or neurology team and ask them to contact me (details above) with your contact details & history summary.


In and out of area NHS referrals accepted. If distance/difficulties with transport is a problem, a telephone consultation can be arranged instead of seeing Kim in clinic.

10th December 17

Maternity epilepsy shared care toolkit updated to include recommendations from MBBRACE-UK 


7th December 17

MBRRACE-UK Report launch Click: Lay summary with recommendations for women with epilepsy 


19th October 2017

Valproate and foetal anticonvulsant syndrome discussed in parliament. Click: View the debate


25 September 17

Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) Public Hearing on valproate and related substances, European Medicines Agency. London. Watch the hearing: EMA Public Hearing


22 September 17

Many women still not aware of risks of taking valproate in pregnancy survey conducted by Epilepsy Society, Epilpsy Action and Young Epilepsy reveals: 

Link to Epilepsy Action covering this survey 


18 August 17

Are you a girl or woman under the age of 50, with epilepsy? Please take part in this survey to find out how many women are aware of the risks around the epilepsy drug sodium valproate during pregnancy. The survey is being run by Epilepsy Society, Young Epilepsy and Epilepsy Action https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SVArisks Please fill in the survey and share with friends and family.


21 July 17 

New: 'Join the big conversation' women with epilepsy Facebook support group. Click women with epilepsy


17th July 17

European Medicines Agency Public hearing on valproate risks when prescibed in pregnancy on 26th September 2017. Chance to have your voice heard. Do read Public Hearings Guidance before completing the Application form for participation Closing date 25/08/17: sorry expired now.


16 June 17

RCM launches epilepsy in pregnancy i-learn module for midwives.

Click: epilepsy i-learn module 

20 April 17

New evidence in France of harm from epilepsy drug valproate

Click: BBC news

If you take valproate, please seek prompt support from your doctor whilst using effective contraception

4 April 2017

NHS Improvements Safety Alert Resources to support safe use of valproate  MHRA Alert

22 March 17

Important information for girls and young women: sodium valproate and pregnancy. Click:

Medicines For Children

17 March 17

Two students invent a MediVest’ for people with epilepsy. 

Epilepsy vest award

13 March 2017

EMA launches New Safety Review of prenatal valproate exposure Medscape

January 2017

CEU Clinical Guidance Drug interactions with hormonal contraception

12 December 2016

New ILAE classification for seizures Medscape

16 November 2016

Development of a core outcome set for epilepsy in pregnancy Al Watter et al, 2016

Click: Professional page

7 November 2016

Cochrane review published click: Professional page

Weston et al (2016) Monotherapy treatment of epilepsy in pregnancy: congenital malformation outcomes in the child 

31 October 2016

Women with epilepsy should be better informed about risks of sodium valproate in pregnancy

Epilepsy Action survey. See Professional page news update for further advice.

September 2016

Some epilepsy medicines reduce the effectiveness of emergency contraception. Click 

Emergency contraception leaflet for further information.


For further news & resources, click: Professional page


Please note this website is under regular development and will be converted to easy to read click-on icons, shortly. If you would like anything added  contact kim.morley@nhs.net


Last updated 09/12/17

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