Predict to Prevent

Ensuring effective assessment and care of at-risk babies before and at the time of delivery

£95 for full day of training, including lunch, tea and coffee.

£60 for students on select dates (with valid student ID).

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Predict to Prevent
  • Mr Nigel Simpson
    BIRTH2 Course Director - Predict to Prevent
  • Dr Ed Johnstone
    BIRTH2 Course Director - Predict to Prevent
  • Dr Alex Heazell
    BIRTH2 Course Director - Predict to Prevent
  • Ms Suzanne Thomas
    BIRTH2 Course Director - Predict to Prevent

Course Outline

Over 90% of premature babies now survive the immediate postpartum period, but the resultant morbidity can be significant and takes a high toll on families. 1 in 133 babies are stillborn or die within seven days of birth (Maternity Services in England (NAO, Nov 2013). The UK has one of the highest neonatal mortality rates in Europe, 75% of these deaths were babies under 2500g. Predictive methods need to be learnt in order to prevent future deaths from occurring.

Aims of the Course
  • To provide an evidence-based clinical overview of care for babies at risk of preterm birth, fetal growth restriction, and stillbirth
  • To be aware of and conversant in prediction, prevention, and management of preterm birth
  • To understand and implement the best evidence in relation to the screening, diagnosis and management of SGA/FGR babies
  • To understand the origins of stillbirth and implement practical interventions to reduce its incidence

Please note: Interactive workstations will be in groups of no more than 12, each with experienced faculty drawn from all relevant groups.

Relevant For

This course is for all clinical staff with an interest in preterm delivery and the management of small babies (sonographers, midwives, obstetricians).


This exciting one-day course will be of interest to all clinical staff with an interest in the prediction and prevention of preterm labour together with the management of small babies using the best evidence (where available) in order to guide clinicians in relation to diagnosis, investigation and management.

Faculty has been drawn from leaders in the field with national and international reputations, together with local obstetricians and midwife sonographers working on the front-line, with the intention to provide interactive sessions and lively discussion about problems that arise in everyday clinical practice and the challenges posed in attempting to deliver a high quality service for all – particularly the new RCOG recommendations regarding the use of Doppler as a method of screening.

  • Identifying women at risk of preterm birth
  • Prediction and prevention of prematurity
  • Care of the baby due to be born preterm
  • Identifying pregnancies at risk of SGA
  • Optimal methods for diagnosing the small baby: fundal height measurements, customised growth charts
  • Management of SGA: implementing surveillance as set out in national guidelines
  • Antenatal identification of babies at risk of stillbirth
  • Strategies to reduce stillbirth in your unit
  • Optimal assessment of fetal wellbeing: fetal movements, growth and Doppler scans, antenatal CTG

Please note: The course does not address technical aspects of scanning, multiple pregnancies or pregnancies with fetal abnormalities. Hands-on technical ultrasound training will not be part of this course.

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100% of delegates reported an effective influence on practice

100% reported that they would consider or intended to modify practice after seeking more information