We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Royal College of Midwives ‘Best Charity Initiative Award’.
The award is for our BIRTH2 (Bringing Interactive Responsive Multi-disciplinary Training to Hospitals) Maternity Training Initiative, which was launched in 2014. BIRTH2 has trained more than 3,000 professionals across the globe, focussing on pertinent areas highlighted by national reports and confidential enquiries.
As well as improving safety for patients, and preventing avoidable harm to mothers and babies, our courses promote guidelines and practices that give clinicians the tools to support women and their families; for example, our ‘Predict to Prevent’ study day looks at the effective care of mothers and babies at risk of preterm birth, fetal growth restriction (FGR), and stillbirth. The course also looks at providing care for women with pregnancies complicated by FGR and previous stillbirth. This is something that is very close to our hearts.
Additionally, we ask patients who have suffered adverse outcomes to speak to clinicians about their experiences, and reflect on how an improved outcome might have been achieved.
We are indebted to the public and our experts for their support and contributions. The training we provide is developed and delivered by renowned experts that collaborate and donate their own time to support the charity in our mission to improve care.
The winning initiative will receive £2,000 to go towards its good work; we are honoured to share the category with some great causes:
We have received responses about the nomination from many of our esteemed supporters.
Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “Just to be shortlisted is a remarkable achievement and I congratulate Baby Lifeline on their achievement. This award highlights how important mother and baby charities such as Baby Lifeline are in the UK. Their campaign which has been shortlisted has been instrumental in improving the safety and care that women receive. All of the campaigns shortlisted illustrate how passionate, dedicated and committed individual organisations are to improving the life of pregnant women. I wish them all the best of luck at the awards ceremony in March.”
Professor James Drife, President of Baby Lifeline, said: “The BIRTH2 Training Initiative is the result of imaginative thinking and hard work by a large number of professionals who freely give us their time in the planning and delivery of these courses. This nomination is a tribute to our volunteers and I’m delighted to thank them on behalf of Baby Lifeline.”
Professor James Walker, President of Baby Lifeline Training, said: “This nomination is a reward for the dedication of the charity and its volunteers who provide the BIRTH2 training. This training is aimed at helping clinical staff maintain and improve their skills and understanding to both reduce and overcome potential harm to the mother her baby. We produce training that is well received and enjoyable to attend. This recognition will encourage us all to continue the good work and make even more effort.”
Mr Kim Hinshaw, Honorary Chair of the Training Faculty, said: “As Faculty Chair for the innovative Baby Lifeline ‘BIRTH2’ programme, I must acknowledge the continuing support from all faculty members, from many disciplines, who have developed and delivered our individual training days across the UK. It is their hard work, supported by Judy Ledger and her team, that has resulted in BIRTH2 being shortlisted for this prestigious RCM award. Improving safety for mother and baby is a core aim of this training initiative.”
We would also like to thank the Royal College of Midwives for the nomination and look forward to future projects.