Conditions that threaten women’s lives in childbirth & pregnancy



UK National Maternal Near Miss Surveillance Programme (UKNeS)
This module was produced as part of the UK National Maternal Near Miss Surveillance Programme (UKNeS).
UKNeS is UK's first integrated national programme of research studies on near-miss maternal morbidity (defined as 'severe life-threatening obstetric complication necessitating urgent medical intervention in order to prevent likely death of the mother'). It provides a unique opportunity to study risk factors, diagnosis and management of specific rare conditions on a national level and to relate these to outcomes in order to make recommendations for best practice.
This study presents independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under the "Beyond maternal death: Improving the quality of maternity care through national studies of "near-miss" maternal morbidity" programme (Programme Grant RP-PG-0608-10038). The views expressed in this website are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the website. 
UKNeS Steering Group
Colleen Acosta-Nielsen, PhD student, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Oxford (NPEU)
Jane Bell, Safeguarding Lead, Oxfordshire PCT
Professor Peter Brocklehurst, Clinical Epidemiologist, Director of the Institute of Women’s Health, University College London
Kate Fitzpatrick, Researcher, NPEU
Jenny Furniss, Lay member
Shona Golightly, Formerly Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE)
Mervi Jokinen, Clinical lead midwifery, Royal College of Midwives
Professor Marian Knight, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Programme Director, NPEU
Professor Jenny Kurinczuk, Reader in Perinatal Epidemiology, Director of NPEU
Dr Louise Locock, Deputy Director, Health Experiences Research Group
Charlotte McClymont, NPEU
Maria Quigley, Statistician, NPEU
Dr Susan Sellers, Consultant Obstetrician, United Bristol Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr Anjali Shah, Researcher, NPEU
Professor James Walker, Consultant Obstetrician, Vice-President RCOG
Thanks to
We would like to extend special thanks to the individuals and organisations who helped recruit contributors to the study.
Rupert Pearse, Reader (Associate Professor) & Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Staff at the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC)
The National Childbirth Trust
Birth Trauma Association
Hysterectomy Association

Advisory Panel

Alison Allsopp
lay representative

Joanna Briton
lay representative

Cynthia Clarkson
user representative, National Childbirth Trust (NCT) 

Emma Day
lay representative

Alexa Galley
lay representative

Joanna Ingram
lay representative

Kate Leeming
lay representative

Debbie Linster-Ali
lay representative, BTA West Midlands representative

Heather Mortimer
lay representative

Jean Robinson
user representative, Action for Improvement of Maternity Services (AIMS)

Stacia Smales-Hill
user representative, National Childbirth Trust (NCT)

Maureen Treadwell
user representative. Birth Trauma Association


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