Webinar Avoiding Brain Injury in Childbirth: new approaches to improve outcomes


The programme is led by a collaboration of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives and THIS Institute at the University of Cambridge.

The Avoiding Brain Injury in Childbirth (ABC) programme aims to support maternity services to improve clinical practice by providing national clinical protocols, tools backed by multi-professional training, and a safety culture toolkit to address two significant contributors to avoidable brain injury in childbirth:

  • Detection and response to suspected fetal deterioration during labour
  • Management of the obstetric emergency of impacted fetal head at caesarean section.

The nationally standardised, evidence-based approaches will help address unwarranted variation in outcomes while supporting clinical judgement. The ABC approaches have undergone extensive user testing and piloting in a variety of maternity settings. Our education and training strategy is modelled on the evidence for effective maternity improvement.

ABC is combining clinical expertise, lived experiences, and the best possible scientific evidence to co-design a national programme that will improve outcomes nationally and have a lasting change. The programme has drawn on the expertise of maternity staff, social scientists, engineers, human factors experts, information scientists and evaluators – as well as the views of women and birth partners.

ABC is led by a collaboration of the Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and THIS Institute at the University of Cambridge. ABC is working with and mobilising the strengths of existing approaches and initiatives in NHS maternity services, ensuring alignment and coherence.

Join this webinar to understand the evidence for improvement, the ABC approaches and influence thinking on implementation.

Why you should attend

  • Opportunity to hear from the Department of Health and Social Care about why they chose to invest in the ABC programme and how it will support trusts to respond to the Ockenden Report actions.
  • Understand the evidence on need for a more holistic approach to detection and response to intrapartum fetal surveillance and improved management of impacted fetal head at caesarean section.
  • Learn about the proposed national clinical protocols and tools and multi-professional training packages.
  • Hear about how an ABC safety culture toolkit will support good practice in relation to the two clinical situations.
  • Learn about ‘what good looks like’ for women and families in communication and informed decision-making around the two clinical situations.
  • Hear feedback from the ABC maternity staff surveys and piloting.

Who should attend

  • Midwives
  • Heads and deputy heads of midwifery
  • Maternity support workers
  • All clinicians in obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Clinical directors for obstetrics
  • Fetal monitoring leads and practice development leads
  • Obstetricians, anaesthetists, and neonatologists at all career stages
  • Operating department practitioners, anaesthetic nurses, ancillary staff
  • Patient and public involvement representatives and maternity service users
  • Policy makers and other stakeholders working in maternity safety
  • SAS/LE doctors

Contact event organisers

For any queries regarding this event please contact [email protected]