Implementing Saving Babies’ Lives: Ultrasound Practical Day

Ensuring effective assessment and care of at-risk pregnancies

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This course requires access to specialist equipment. Please enquire for details.

The Need For Training

The Department of Health and Social Care’s ‘Safer Maternity Care: Progress Report’ (2021) outlined, in detail, the ongoing national strategy to achieve the ‘Maternity Safety Ambition’ of halving stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths, and brain injuries by 2025, with a further ambition set to reduce preterm births from 8% to 6%.

This study day presents both an understanding of the origins of the outcomes of stillbirth, preterm birth, and fetal growth restriction, and practical ways in which these can be influenced, with a focus on ultrasound scanning techniques and management. This will help teams meet the aspirational targets within the ‘Maternity Safety Ambition’, set out in the ‘Saving Babies’ Lives’ care bundle. Local Maternity Champions would benefit from attendance, as well as frontline maternity staff.


This is an essential course designed to provide hands-on ultrasound instruction and training relevant to the care of women at risk of preterm birth, growth restriction, and stillbirth.

  • To provide a theoretical basis for the use of ultrasound in the prediction and prevention of adverse outcomes associated with preterm birth, growth restriction, and stillbirth.
  • To demonstrate and instruct in ultrasound skills relevant to these conditions, in particular:
    • Uterine, umbilical, and fetal Dopplers.
    • Transvaginal scan assessment of the cervical and internal os.
  • To guide appropriate application and interpretation of these skills and findings within the clinical setting.
Relevant For

This course is for all clinical staff with an interest in preterm delivery and the management of small babies. Heads of Midwifery, Midwifery Sisters, Sonographers, Screening Coordinators, Improvement Leads (those who are part of the Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative or who are implementing the Saving Babies Lives Care Bundle), O&G Consultants and Trainees. Basic scanning experience is desirable, but not essential.

  • Normal ultrasound appearances, measurements and reports.
  • Identifying the SGA/FGR fetus using ultrasound.
  • Implications of asymmetrical / symmetrical FGR.
  • Customised and population-based growth charts.
  • Placental, amniotic fluid, and Doppler parameters.
  • Transvaginal scan assessment of the cervix and internal os.
  • Appropriate interventions.
  • Mr Nigel Simpson
    BIRTH2 Course Director - Implementing Saving Babies' Lives
  • Dr Elizabeth Bonney
    Course Director
    Implementing Saving Babies' Lives