Saving Babies Lives - elearning for healthcare
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  • British Intrapartum Care Society

About the Saving Babies’ Lives programme

Aims and ambitions

The Saving Babies’ Lives elearning programme has been developed to support the delivery of the Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundle Version Two (SBLCBv2) in maternity units across the NHS. SBLCBv2 has been produced to build on the achievements of version one and address the issues identified in the SPiRE evaluation. It aims to provide detailed information for providers and commissioners of maternity care on how to reduce perinatal mortality across England. The second version of the care bundle brings together five elements of care that are widely recognised as evidence-based and/or best practice, these are:

  • Reducing smoking in pregnancy
  • Risk assessment, prevention and surveillance of pregnancies at risk of fetal growth restriction (FGR)
  • Raising awareness of reduced fetal movement (RFM)
  • Effective fetal monitoring during labour
  • Reducing preterm birth

The programme is aimed at midwives and obstetricians.

Learners will benefit through improved midwifery and obstetric knowledge and skills to undertake implementation of each element of the Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundle Version Two, improving safety for women and their babies across England.

Programme content

The programme consists of five sessions, each one relating to an individual element of the Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundle Version Two.

Content focuses on:

  • Element 1: Very Brief Advice on smoking for pregnant woman

  • Element 2: Detection and Surveillance of Fetal Growth Restriction

  • Element 3: Reduced Fetal Movements

  • Element 4: Effective Continuous Fetal Monitoring during Labour

  • Element 5: Reducing Preterm Birth

More information

The SBLCBv2 programme aims to improve safety for mothers and babies by improving the knowledge, skills and confidence of midwives and obstetricians by providing a practical approach to the following:

  • Reducing smoking in pregnancy by following NICE guidance;
  • Identifying women with pregnancies at highest risk of Fetal Growth Restriction;
  • Encouraging awareness amongst pregnant women of the importance of detecting and reporting reduced fetal movement and to appropriately care for and manage women who report RFM;
  • Understand the principles of risk assessment at the onset of labour in order to determine the optimum method of fetal monitoring in labour;
  • Aiming to reduce preterm births by focussing on three intervention areas to improve outcomes which are prediction and prevention of preterm birth and better preparation when preterm birth is unavoidable.

The NHS Long Term Plan reiterates the commitment of the NHS to a 50% reduction in stillbirth, maternal mortality, neonatal mortality and serious brain injury and a reduction in preterm birth rate, from 8% to 6%, by 2025.

Meet the team

  • Karen Thirsk

    Karen Thirsk

    Safety and Prevention Manager / Maternity Policy and Women’s Health Team, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Emily Clinton

    Programme Support Manager, Maternity Transformation Programme, Nursing Directorate, NHS England
  • Emma Nye

    Emma Nye

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Paula Casey

    Paula Casey

    Lead Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • elfh staff - Paul Kelly

    Paul Kelly

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Tracy Watkins

    Tracy Watkins

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • elfh-staff-Alex-Drinkall-learning-profile

    Alex Drinkall

    Stakeholder Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare


Element 1 Reducing Smoking in Pregnancy

  • Jo Locker, Senior Tobacco Control Programme Manager, Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco and Justice Division, Public Health England

Element 2 Detection and Surveillance of Fetal Growth Restriction

  • Ed Johnstone, Consultant Obstetrician, Professor in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, St Mary’s Hospital, University of Manchester
  • Katie Morris, Consultant Obstetrician, Reader Maternal Fetal Medicine, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, University of Birmingham
  • Suzanne Thomas, SGA Specialist Midwife, Tommy’s Research Centre, University of Manchester

Element 3 Reduced Fetal Movements

  • Alexander Heazell, Professor of Obstetrics and Director of the Tommy’s Research Centre, University of Manchester
  • Libby Baraz, Midwifery Sister, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Element 4 Effective Continuous Fetal Monitoring during Labour

  • Louise Page, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, British Intrapartum Care Society President
  • Rachna Bahl, Consultant Obstetrician, St. Michael’s Hospital, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust
  • Natalie Carter, Consultant Midwife, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust

Element 5 Reducing Preterm Birth

  • Nigel Simpson, Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Elizabeth Bonney, Consultant Obstetrician, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

How to access

In order to access the Saving Babies’ Lives programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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Registering large numbers of users

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