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Welcome to the Perinatal 2020 website.


The BMFMS, BAPM and Neonatal Society have joined together to form Perinatal 2020 with our major conference theme being “Perinatal Optimisation”.


Professor Neil Marlow, Chair of the Neonatal Critical Care Transformation Review, will start well by discussing the long term outcome for extremely premature infants - no doubt serving as a timely reminder that our role as Obstetricians is to do our best to predict (Professor Andy Shennan) and prepare (Dr Sarah Stock) such fetuses for delivery, mindful that measures to prevent preterm delivery have proved challenging. We also have world authorities on in-utero surgery for spina bifida (Professors Michael Belfort & Jan Deprest) – importantly focusing on not only how, but also on whether such surgery should be done at all - particularly when considering the impact on future pregnancies.


As well as shared topics, there will also be parallel sessions to help engage the individual societies before coming together to examine safety, transformation and learning. I am particularly looking forward to Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, speaking on the challenging issue of providing all mothers with continuity of care, and also Eleri Adams on GIRFT. The issue of encouraging us to do what we do best - by way of human factors (Peter Brennan) – rather than punishing us when we do not do so well, is also particularly relevant and topical.

There will, of course, be plenty of new science – not least in the previously very successful “Late Breaking session”, but also in the many scores of abstracts.


Finally, I am delighted that Sir Bruce Keogh has agreed to close the conference with what will undoubtedly be a thought-provoking Society Lecture – “Is the NHS fit for the future?”


I am sure you will agree that the programme for Perinatal 2020 promises to deliver an inspirational, topical and engaging event for all. I look forward to seeing you in the heart of our great capital city in June.


Myles Taylor

BMFMS President.



We are hugely looking forward to welcoming many perinatal professionals to London for Perinatal 2020. The conference will be exploring areas where obstetric and neonatal colleagues can and should work together to improve outcomes. I will be presenting the new BAPM Framework for Practice on extreme preterm birth, Dr Karen Luyt will be speaking on optimising neurodevelopmental outcomes and Professor Neil Marlow will reflect upon longer term outcomes for preterm infants. Complementing Professor Marlow, Professor Sam Johnson will be giving the BAPM Founders’ Lecture on improving educational outcomes for children born preterm.


We also have Professor David Fitzpatrick speaking on new methods for diagnosing rare disease in infants and the international renowned Professor Linda de Vries providing an overview advances in diagnosis, prognosis and management of perinatal brain injury. All together with a veritable pot pourri of free papers, both research and quality improvement.


This year’s conference includes a global health session, fitting for an event that will bring together speakers and delegates from all over the world to share best practice and learn from each other. See you in June!


Dr Helen Mactier, BAPM President