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Maternity Transformation Programme 
Bulletin No.67:             30th April 2021

Maternity News
For a copy of the last MTP Bulletin and a listing for all previous MTP Bulletins please use this index link

International Day of the Midwife (IDM)
This week marked the International Day of the Midwife (5th May) giving a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the fantastic people we have working across maternity services.
Chief Midwifery Officer, Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, celebrated on social media and shared a thank you message for every midwife in the NHS. She also awarded Annie with a CMidO Award at the Rosie in Cambridge, virtually awarded Dotty a prestigious Gold CMidO Award for her work in Rotherham, and wrote a blog on her commitment to delivering safe and personal care for all.
Specialist Midwife Memuna spent the day on NHS England’s Instagram channel, fielding questions about what it’s really like to be a midwife and our regions profiled some remarkable midwives across their own channels. - from East and North Herts, to Royal Devon and Exeter and  the East of England.
The CMidO team were speaking and attending at many events and service visits with midwives –  Deputy CMidO Sascha Wells-Munro spoke at the Gloucestershire Festival of Midwifery Excellence and Jess Read visited Hillingdon.

Each Baby Counts: 2020 final progress report
Each Baby Counts is a national quality improvement programme led by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) to reduce the number of babies who die, or are left severely disabled, as a result of incidents occurring during term labour.
Some key information from the report
The total number of babies that fulfilled the Each Baby Counts criteria in 2018 was 1145.
The study recorded:

  • 11% Intrapartum stillbirths - 121 babies
  • 14% Early neonatal deaths - 165 babies
  • 75% Severe brain injuries - 859 babies

Parental involvement was included within the review and parents were invited to contribute in 70% of cases, compared with 50% in 2017. 7% of parents were not involved in the review process, with RCOG acknowledging that more needs to be done.
The report concludes with an analysis of the key outcomes stating that the proportion of babies for whom different care might have resulted in a different outcome was 74%, based on the RCOG  reviewers’ assessments.
For further information, please
Read the executive summary or download the full report here

Help National Maternity Voices to review the MVP Toolkit?
National Maternity Voices is revising the MVP Toolkit and looking for staff and MVP Chairs who would like to join a multidisciplinary steering group to oversee this work.
You can find out more and complete an expression of interest here.

We are keen to understand the key challenges that commissioners, providers and service users experience in relation to establishing, resourcing and maintaining MVPs. We want our revised toolkit to address the most significant challenges that you’re facing locally. If you can help to shed light on these issues please click here.
For information and resources, visit our web site and follow us on Facebook and Twitter   
For mutual learning and discussion, join our Facebook groups for MVP service user chairs and reps and for all MVP members and supporters.


Virtual, 11 May 2021
BAPM Member - £30, Non-member - £50

Aimed at an audience of ANNPs and paediatric and neonatal trainees at all levels of training, this virtual conference will bring you the latest evidence on essential clinical topics as well as a chance to network with your fellow trainees and ANNPs. Please share this with any colleagues you think would be interested.
Ticket holders will be able to 'catch-up' with all sessions on the conference platform for 3 months after the event.
Booking closes at midnight on Sunday 9th May.
For details and booking your place - please follow this link

The State of the World's Midwifery 2021
The State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMy) 2021 builds on previous reports in the SoWMy series and represents an unprecedented effort to document the whole world’s Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Adolescent Health (SRMNAH) workforce, with a particular focus on midwives.
It calls for urgent investment in midwives to enable them to fulfill their potential to contribute towards UHC and the SDG agenda.
Additional supplements and appendices to the report can be downloaded from the landing page here
and the executive summary from here

Engaging with people and communities across health and care #EngageSpring21
Engagement practitioners’ working across health and care, and professionals who are looking to improve how they engage with people and communities, can now register for Engage spring 2021. 
This virtual conference runs over three days from 18 to 20 May and the agenda is packed with masterclasses, panel discussions and workshops. It’s a fantastic opportunity to listen, learn, network and share experiences.
To download the agenda, add a calendar reminder for the sessions you'd like to attend and book your place - please use this link


Dates for your diary

The Twins Trust are running a second series of webinars with two speakers presenting a 20 minute talk, after which there will be time for discussion and questions from the audience.

Next week ....Wednesday 12th May 2021, 6pm – 8pm
Progesterone treatment for twins - Yariv Yogev
Neonatal management in complicated monochorionic twins - Enrico Lopriore

Wednesday 26th May 2021, 6pm – 8pm
Mode of delivery in uncomplicated twin pregnancies - Gordon Smith
Management of atypical cases of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome - Rogelio Cruz Martinez

Wednesday 16th June 2021, 6pm - 8pm
Weight gain in twin pregnancy - Yariv Yogev
Maternal medicine cases in multiple pregnancy - Surabhi Nanda
More information and link to sign up here

Shine a Light on Coproduction 
17th May 2021

The next NHS-wide Shining a Light on Coproduction session is booked for 17 May 2021 - sign up here: 
Click this link to view the last Shining a Light webinar showcasing coproduction across the NHS in which Mo Ade, from National Maternity Voices and Steve Anderson, MTP Programme Director shared a presentation about coproduction across Maternity. 

If you want to showcase your local coproduction work on a national platform, the next Shining the Light on Coproduction will be in November and they would love to hear from you!
Please email


Group B Strep in Pregnancy & Babies Conference
Wednesday, 2 June 2021 – online #GBSconference2021

Virtual Conference is a must-attend event for anyone interested in group B Strep.
Group B Strep is the leading cause of neonatal sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis in the UK.
This one-day virtual conference brings together world-leading international experts to talk about group B Strep prevention policies, different testing options, antibiotic usage, and the progress towards a GBS vaccine. 
Conference Chairs are Edward Morris & Kathryn Gutteridge 

For full programme and registration details please follow this link

10 Steps: Developing engagement plans - with a maternity focus 
8th June, 0930-1600

This course presents the well-established 10 Steps model that sets out what must be considered when developing engagement plans and building partnerships with people and communities. For this session we are targeting people working in Local Maternity Services – while the content will be the same as other 10 Steps sessions, having a targeted audience means discussions can focus on this area of work.

Working with people and communities is one of the most important ways we can ensure that the NHS meets the needs of patients and the public. By engaging with people in meaningful discussion of the collective challenges we face, and of how to overcome these, we can tap into the diverse experiences, insights and ideas that patients and the public bring. (This engagement includes, for example, working with Maternity Voices Partnerships.)

Book your place here

Aide Memoir – Links to online resources 

National Maternity Dashboard
 RCOG – Landing Page for all Infection and Pregnancy guidance 
 RCM - Landing Page for all covid-19 guidance 
 SBLCBv2: Covid-19 information 
 Revised Guidance PPE – from PHE 
 HEE - Landing Page for Covid-19 training programme for health and care workforce 
NICE - landing page for all COVID guidance and resources
NHS Resolution – Covid-19 related guidance: including Early Notification and maternity incentive scheme Link
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