NPEU researchers Jen Hollowell, Rachel Rowe and Jane Henderson will all be at the 10th Normal Labour & Birth Conference in Grange over Sands next month presenting their work. On the first day of the conference Rachel will be talking about her new programme of work setting up the UK Midwifery Study System (UKMidSS), a new national reporting and research system for midwifery units. Also on the Monday, Jane will be presenting findings on changes over time in women's experience of maternity care, using data from the National Maternity Surveys. Finally, on the Wednesday, Jen will be talking about outcomes for women at 'higher risk' of complications who plan birth in midwifery-led settings, findings from further analysis of the Birthplace cohort data. Come and say hello!
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Work from the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS) and the National Maternal Near-miss Surveillance Programme (UKNeS) will be presented at the Annual Conference of the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society in London on Friday. Kate Fitzpatrick will present a Platform Poster on the UKOSS study of pregnancy at very advanced age and results of the UKOSS study of cardiac arrest in pregnancy will also be presented. Anjali Shah will be presenting posters on her work, as part of UKNeS, comparing local reviews with confidential enquiry for serious incidents in maternity care.
Marian Knight, Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health, will be giving her inaugural lecture - Maternal Sepsis: The Past or the Future? - on Monday 20th April at 5pm in the Richard Doll Lecture Theatre. All welcome!
NPEU Senior Statistician Louise Linsell will be presenting her work on prognostic factors for poor development in children born very preterm at the 2015 Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in San Diego later this month. If you can't wait, or won't be in San Diego, you can hear the results first hand at our seminar on 14th April - Prediction of developmental outcomes in children born very preterm: Two decades of research – what do we know?
Four NPEU researchers have been awarded University titles in recognition of their distinction in their respective fields and their contribution to the research, teaching and administration of the department and wider University. NPEU Social Scientist, Maggie Redshaw, and Senior Health Economist, Oliver Rivero-Arias, were both awarded the title of Associate Professor, while Senior Researchers Claire Carson and Rachel Rowe were awarded the title of University Research Lecturer. Congratulations!
Anjali Shah, Marian Knight and others have published an evaluation of local NHS guidelines on the review of serious maternity incidents. Guidelines covering 70% of all NHS maternity units in the UK were evaluated. Most (55%) were of good or high quality, but patients were rarely involved in guideline development. The majority of guidelines (81%) recommended that a range of health professionals review serious maternity incidents. In over a quarter of guidelines it was unclear whether changes in practice in response to review recommendations were audited or monitored; the authors recommend that such auditing should be mandatory. Read the full paper.
Findings of the 2014 National Maternity Survey, launched on 26th February, show that, compared with earlier surveys in 2006 and 2010, women are realising they are pregnant and seeing a health professional earlier, with 96% seeking care by 12 weeks. Other results show that postnatal hospital stays are continuing to get shorter and the number of postnatal visits is declining. Overall satisfaction with care remains high although, as in earlier surveys, satisfaction with postnatal care is lower than that for antenatal care or care in labour and delivery. Read more about the survey and download the full report.
A news article in JAMA discusses the controversies and debates around home birth in the USA. Evidence from the Birthplace in England study is cited to indicate that home birth can be safe in an integrated healthcare system with well qualified midwives, appropriate transfer protocols and careful screening of women for known risk factors. Read the article.
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