In March 2019, NHS England published Saving Babies Lives version 2, which included information for providers and commissioners of maternity care on how to reduce perinatal mortality across England. One element of this recommends the appointment of a fetal monitoring lead with the responsibility of improving the standard of fetal monitoring.
The aim of the fetal monitoring lead is to support staff working on the labour ward to provide high quality intrapartum risk assessments and accurate CTG interpretation and should contribute to building and sustaining a safety culture on the labour ward with all staff committed to continuous improvement.
The importance of fetal monitoring was highlighted again in the Ockenden Report, published December 2020. The report recommended, as an essential action, that all maternity services must appoint a dedicated lead midwife and lead obstetrician, both with demonstrated expertise, to focus on and champion best practice in fetal monitoring.
Monitoring May is a month long learning event based around fetal monitoring, human factors, maternity safety and shared learning.
The East Midlands Academic Health Sciences Network has shared the recording of Monitoring May’s discussions and presentations.