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We have listed below a number of other organisations that we think you may find of use. Do let us know if there are any others you would like adding to our links list which you have personally found of use, and that you think other members may benefit from. The British Maternal & Fetal Medicine Society does not accept any liability or responsibility in connection with any third party websites linked to and does not endorse or approve the contents which may change without notice. Provision of links does not constitute endorsement.


Professional organisations

BAPM (British Association of Perinatal Medicine)

Aims to support newborn babies and their families by providing services that help all those involved in perinatal practice to improve the standards of perinatal care in the British Isles.

Partnered with BMFMS in organising perinatal 2008 and Perinatal Medicine 2011 which attracted record numbers. Bill Martin is the BMFMS representative on the BAPM executive committee and BAPM are represented on the BMFMS executive committee by Mandy Ogilvie-Stuart. We are aiming to partner again in 2014.

British Association of Paediatric Surgeons

The primary aim of BAPS is to set the standards of care of paediatric surgical practice in the UK and Ireland.

EAPM (European Association of Perinatal Medicine)

The purpose of the Association is to bring together groups and individuals in a European organisation in order to promote the science of perinatal medicine for the benefit of a high level of physical and mental health for women, mothers and their children in Europe. BMFMS president Professor Steve Robson is a member of the scientific committee.

EBCOG (European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology)

Aims to coordinate the work of the national societies of obstetricians and gynaecologists within European countries. Its objective is: ‘to improve the health of women and their babies by promoting the highest possible standards of care in all European countries.’ EBCOG seeks to meet this objective by facilitating understanding of services, education and clinical effectiveness amongst individual European countries.

ISSHP (The International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy)

Aims to stimulate research in the field of hypertension in pregnancy, disseminate the useful results of such research, and advance education in the field.

ISUOG (International society of ultrasound in obstetrics and gynaecology)

Aims to encourage the effective exchange of research information and to promote education on ultrasound and related imaging within the field of obstetrics and gynaecology.

MOMS (MacDonald UK Obstetric Medicine Society)

MOMS is designed to support doctors, both physicians and obstetricians, who are interested in specialising in the rapidly expanding sub-speciality of Obstetric or Maternal Medicine. In addition, they aim provide a resource for those generalists who increasingly may find themselves asked to advise pregnant women with various medical conditions.

Neonatal Nurses Association

The NNA is a professional organisation that brings together nurses working in the neonatal field. It aims to establish and promote good standards of neonatal nursing for the benefit of the babies, their families and the nurses involved in their care. The NNA was a partner in the perinatal medicine conferences in 2008 and 2011.

Neonatal Society

The neonatal society is a leading academic society based in the UK. It aims to promote the development of neonatal science.

Obstetric Anaesthetists Association

The OAA aims to promote the highest standards of anaesthetic practice in the care of mother and baby and has an international membership of over 2000. It provides both education and training for anaesthetists and other practitioners in the UK and overseas and a resource for women seeking information about pain relief in labour and anaesthesia for Caesarean section.

Royal College of Midwives

The Royal College of Midwives provides support and information to the UK midwifery sector and every midwife working there, NHS and private.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)

The RCOG encourages the study and advancement of the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology through postgraduate medical education and training development, the publication of clinical guidelines and reports on aspects of the specialty and service provision. The RCOG International Office works with other international organisations to help lower maternal morbidity and mortality in under-resourced countries. BMFMS have strong links with the RCOG and provide input into a number of RCOG committees.

Royal College of Pathologists

The College's mission statement is to promote excellence in the practice of pathology and to be responsible for maintaining standards through training, assessments, examinations and professional development, to the benefit of the public.

SMFM (The society for maternal-fetal medicine)

SMFM is a US based organisation aimed at advancing knowledge in reproductive biology to enhance the quality of women's health care.

Research/funding bodies

Action Medical Research

A leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children. AMR provides funding opportunities for projects related to neonatal and child helath and pregnancy outcome.

Medical Research Council (MRC)

A publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health. They support research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences, in universities and hospitals, in their own units and institutes in the UK, and in their units in Africa. They support projects using grants, fellowships and studentships.

National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU)

A multidisciplinary research team dedicated to improving the care provided to women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, as well as the care provided to the newborn. Home to UKOSS the UK obstetric surveillance system which aims to develop a UK-wide Obstetric Surveillance System to describe the epidemiology of a variety of uncommon disorders of pregnancy.

National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN)

Supports clinical research and helps to facilitate the conduct of trials and other well-designed studies within the NHS. The NIHR Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) has four networks that comprise the UK Clinical Research Network (UKCRN).

UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC)

The goal is to establish the UK as a world leader in clinical research. The UKCRC provides a forum that enables all Partners to work together to transform the clinical research environment in the UK.

Wellbeing of Women (WOW)

Invests in medical research and the development of specialist doctors and nurses working in the field of reproductive and gynaecological health. They are a partner charity of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and provide support in the form of research grants, research training fellowships, and elective bursaries.

Patient support groups

Action on Pre-Eclampsia (APEC)

Helps and supports women who have had or are worried about pre-eclampsia, pregnancy induced hypertension or HELLP Syndrome.

AEPU (Association of Early Pregnancy Units)

Provide accessible information to help patient choice and allow access to their local EPU when needed. Also involved in the development of guidelines to harmonise care across early pregnancy units in UK and set standards for patient care.

Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)

Provides a range of information and support for parents throughout antenatal testing and when a significant abnormality is detected in the unborn baby. (Formerly called SATFA)

BLISS the premature baby charity

Provides support, advice and information for the families of babies requiring intensive care and/or special care. Also works with bereaved families.

CLAPA (The cleft lip and palate association)

CLAPA is the representative organisation for all people with and affected by cleft lip and/or palate in the UK.

CLAPA provides support and information to new parents, specialized bottles and teats for babies, activities for children and young people, advice on accessing treatment for adults, and volunteering opportunities through their branches. They work closely with the specialist cleft teams and generic health professionals to ensure that people receive the best possible care and their web-site provides a huge amount of accessible and informative material.

Miscarriage Association

Provides support and information for those affected by pregnancy loss (including health care professionals). Network of support groups and telephone contacts throughout the UK.

Multiple Births Foundation (MBF)

Support and information for families with twins and higher multiple births, including support around bereavement, and information for professionals.

SANDS (Stillbirth and neonatal death society)

SANDS provides support to anyone affected by the death of a baby. It works in partnership with health professionals to improve the quality of care and services offered to bereaved families, and aims to promote research and changes in practice that could help to reduce the loss of babies' lives.

TAMBA Twins and Multiple Births Association

For families who have lost one or more children from a multiple birth, whether antenatally, postnatally, or at any age subsequently.

UK National Screening Committee

Provides information about antenatal screening including leaflets in different languages (English site)


The Cystic Fibrosis Trust

UK’s only national charity dedicated to all aspects of Cystic Fibrosis.

Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology

The Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology is an international organisation that recognises that reproduction is a complex, challenging and multifaceted area of social, scientific and medical concern. Our purpose is to promote the scientific study, both pure  and applied, of all psychological and behavioural matters related to human reproduction.


Northern Ireland's premature and vulnerable baby charity, dedicated to reducing premature birth, illness, disability and death in babies born there.

Maternal and Childhealth Advocacy International

MCAI is an international maternal and child healthcare charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for seriously ill and injured pregnant women, children and babies in countries where there is extreme poverty.  Volunteer experienced doctors, midwives and nurses work with, support and train local health workers to improve the quality of many lives and prevent avoidable deaths.

Useful resources/surveillance and scientific organisations


Advanced life support group which hosts Managing Obstetric Emergencies and Trauma courses. Through lectures, skills drills, workshops and resuscitation simulations these provide a structured way to manage common and rare obstetric emergencies and trauma.


Published on behalf of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and edited by Philip Steer, BJOG is an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a consistently improving impact factor.

British Paediatric Surveillance Unit

Undertakes active surveillance of rare paediatric disorders.

Fetal Echocardiography

Library of ultrasound images


National Society based in the UK for Doctors in Training who have a passion for global surgery, anaesthesia and obstetrics.

The Lullaby Trust

Formerly, the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) is the UK's leading baby charity working to prevent sudden deaths and promote health.

International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA)

The International Stillbirth Alliance is a non-profit coalition of organizations dedicated to understanding the causes and prevention of stillbirth. Their mission is to raise awareness of stillbirth and to promote global collaboration in the prevention of stillbirth and provision of appropriate care for parents whose baby is stillborn.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

NICE is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.

Obstetric Ultrasound

A guide to obstetric ultrasound with images of fetal development.

Perinatal Institute for maternal and child health

Aims to reduce perinatal mortality and morbidity by distilling and disseminating the evidence for best practice in perinatal care and promoting its implementation.

Society of Reproductive Investigation (SRI)

The SRI aims to establish the scientific basis and clinical translation of reproductive science and women's health by providing and promoting, leadership and excellence in research, international forums for scientific exchange, mentoring, career development and education and advocacy for research in women's health and reproductive science The SRI fosters collaborations between academia, government, industry and professional organizations. Their annual meeting is a prestigious event combining presentations by leading basic scientists and cutting edge clinicians.

SRI hosts an annual scientific conference which is generally held in North America but ventures to an international destination every 4th year.

UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative

Aims to promote breastfeeding.