Friday 25 November 2011

Birthplace: New evidence, key findings and implications for maternity care

The Birthplace in England programme of research, funded by The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Service Delivery and Organisation (SDO) and the Department of Health Policy Research Programme, has addressed major gaps in the evidence about the current provision of maternity services and the safety, quality and cost of care around the birth of their baby and the planned place of birth. With all trusts in England participating in one or more components of the programme, and the extensive involvement of midwives and clinicians from all over the country, data were collected and analysed concerning the maternity care and outcomes for 80,000 women and their babies.

The findings from this unique study are of relevance to all the professional groups involved in maternity care, those planning and commissioning services and to child-bearing women and their families. This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the study findings, to explore the impact of these and consider the next steps in terms of further research.

9.30 am Registration

10.00 am Welcome and introduction

10.10 am The need for evidence
Peter Brocklehurst, Professor of Women's Health, Director of the Institute for Women's Health, Professor of Perinatal Epidemiology, Co-Director Policy Research Unit - Maternal Health and Care, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit University of Oxford

10.40 am The configuration of maternity care
Maggie Redshaw, Social Scientist National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit University of Oxford

11.00 am Outcomes of intrapartum care in different settings
Jennifer Hollowell, Health Services Researcher, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford

11.35 am Tea and coffee break

11.55 am The cost of maternity care in different settings
Liz Schroeder, Health Economist, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford

12.30 pm Discussion panel

1.00 pm Lunch

2.00 pm Women's experience of transfer
Rachel Rowe, Health Services Researcher, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford

2.30 pm Learning from the case-studies
Jane Sandall, Professor of Social Science and Women's Health & Programme Director (Innovations), NIHR King's Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre, Division of Women's Health, School of Medicine, King's College London

3.00 pm Tea and coffee break

3.20 pm The user perspective on the Birthplace findings
Mary Newburn, Head of Research and Information, National Childbirth Trust

3.50 pm The implications for clinical practice and care
Speaker TBC

4.20 pm Discussion panel

5.05 pm Close of meeting

Meeting ref: MBC01

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