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The Baby Lifeline National Maternity Safety Conference

Working Together Towards Safer Maternity Care

22nd January 2020
Hilton Metropole Hotel – Birmingham

Opening Speech
Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

Headline Sponsors

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Aims of the Conference

  • Presenting latest findings from national maternity work; including the Each Baby Counts project and HSIB’s maternity work.
  • Sharing insights from leading national experts; covering CTG interpretation, culture and quality improvement approaches and learning from adverse events whilst supporting staff and families.
  • Sharing real examples of maternity safety improvement and learning.
  • Hear directly from the leaders of national maternity transformation work.
  • Providing an opportunity for professionals working in the area of maternity safety to network and share learning.

This conference is relevant for:

  • Midwives
  • Obstetricians
  • Obstetric Anaesthetists
  • Maternity Safety Champions / Risk Managers
  • Other frontline staff


  • NHS managers
  • Those with policy roles relating to maternity safety
  • Clinical Legal Professionals
  • Users of maternity services
  • Patients/families with an interest in maternity safety

Book Your Place

To book your place please download and complete the form, and return to us via email at

Before booking please make sure that you have read and understood the terms and conditions.

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Conference Programme* and Information Pack

*subject to change


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Submit an Abstract

Baby Lifeline is always keen to showcase best practice in health care, and so we invite attendees of our national conference in January to submit poster abstracts to by or on Monday, 18th November 2019.

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Confirmed Speakers

James Badenoch, QC – QC, Crown Office Row.

Dr Denise Chaffer – Director of Safety and Learning, NHS Resolution

Mr Edwin Chandraharan – Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Katie De Freitas-Merchant – Improvement Manager – Patient Safety Programmes Maternal & Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, OBE – Chief Midwifery Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Dr Matthew Jolly – National Clinical Director for Maternity and Women’s Health, Acute Medical Directorate, NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Dr Bill Kirkup, CBE – Chairman of the Morecambe Bay Investigation; Former Associate Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health; Former Regional Director of Public Health.


Professor Marian Knight – Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health, University of Oxford.

Sara Ledger –  Head of Research & Development, Baby Lifeline Training; Honorary Research
Associate, University of Hull.

Shaun Lintern – Bureau Chief, Health Service Journal.

Dr Nuala Lucas – Consultant Anaesthetist; Anaesthetic Co-Lead for MBRRACE-UK, Northwick Park Hospital.

Nicky Lyon – Co-Chair of Workstream 2 – National Maternity Transformation Programme; Co-Founder, Campaign for Safer Births.

Mr Michael Magro – Locum Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust; Previous Darzi 8 Fellow at NHS Resolution (2016-17).

Mr Eddie Morris – Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist; President Elect, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; Honorary Chair, Baby Lifeline Multi Professional Advisory Panel.

Dr Susana Pereira – Consultant in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, Kingston Hospital NHS Trust.


Gill Phillips – Creator of Whose Shoes? ®

Dr Felicity Plaat – Consultant Anaesthetist, Queen Charlotte’s & Hammersmith Hospitals, Imperial College School of Medicine.

Dr Ed Prosser-Snelling – Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor Lesley Regan – President, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Dr Manjula Samyraju – Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Lead Clinician for Labour ward (PCH) North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust.

Michele Upton – Head of Maternity and Neonatal Transformation Programmes, NHS Improvement.

Professor James Walker – Clinical Director, Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB).

Gill Walton – Chief Executive, Royal College of Midwives

Sascha Wells-Munro – Maternity Improvement Advisor, NHS Improvement.


Hotel Bookings

To book your stay at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham, simply click on “Book Now” and complete your reservation at the special discount of 10% off the Best Available Rate. Rates are subject to change and availability. 

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