Injuries in childbirth: Raising awareness and restoring dignity for mothers


Wednesday 22 March 2017


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

RSM Professionals , MASIC Foundation


5 CPD Points

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about this event

masic foundation

The MASIC Foundation has been established to support mothers with anal sphincter (AS) injuries during childbirth to promote greater awareness in the profession because many doctors and health professionals are unaware that this affects over 10% of women having a baby through the birth canal.

They formulate policy based upon a multidisciplinary advisory board consisting of mothers, general medical practitioners bowel disease specialists, obstetricians and gynaecologists, psychiatrists, physiotherapists, colorectal nurse specialists, midwives and lay members.

Highly engaged in national strategies, The MASIC Foundation is in collaboration with the Royal Colleges of Midwives and Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as better detection and optimum repair if they occur.  

about this event 

A one day open educational meeting that will be the official launch of The MASIC Foundation which obtained charitable status in October 2016. The meeting will focus on mothers who have suffered injuries during childbirth, of which include bowel incontinence.

Aim: To consider how the profession can help to improve outcomes and modify healthcare policy to reduce the impact of these injuries on the health of the mother.

This meeting has secured the support and expertise of internationally recognised experts in the field who will speak on the many complex issues facing these women after childbirth. The meeting will include:

  • Health experts will tackle methods of prevention, better detection of injuries, holistic support for those who are injured as well treatment
  • Mothers will tell their stories
  • Learning about the economic consequences and employment issues facing women with these injuries
  • Legal position of consent, compensating avoidable injury and treatment failures for women

Who should attend?

As a multidisciplinary meeting, it is open to all disciplines including doctors, obstetricians, gynaecologists, midwives, nurses, physiotherapists, legal experts and lay members.  

The meeting has been supported by a donation from Leigh Day and the manufacturing industry with a range of products to treat mothers with this condition. 


Programme subject to change 


Please note there will be a photographer taking photos at this event


10.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

10.30 am

Welcome and introduction

Mr Mark Gudgeon, President, Coloproctology Section, The Royal Society of Medicine


Dr Gabrielle Thorpe, Lecturer in Nursing and Trustee of the Bowel Disease Research Foundation

10.35 am

The OASIS syndrome

Professor Michael Keighley, Colorectal Surgeon, and President of The MASIC Foundation

10.45 am

A mother tells her story

Ms Geeta Nayar, formerly a lawyer

10.55 am

Better recognition of tears

Ms Teresa Arias, Midwifery Tutor and Programme Lead, Kings College London

11.10 am

Treating tears at birth

Professor Khaled Ismail, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

11.25 am

Question and answer session

Ms Sara Webb, Specialist Perineal Midwife, Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust and Mr Steven Brown, Colorectal Surgeon

11.35 am

Tea and coffee break

Helping mothers

Mrs Maddie White, Colorectal Nurse Specialist, University Hospital Birmingham

11.55 am

Another mother gives her story

Ms Karen Evans, Physiotherapist, Burchfield Physiotherapy

12.05 pm

Practical advice from a colorectal nurse specialist

Ms Yvette Perston, Functional Bowel Clinical Nurse Specialist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

12.15 pm

Physiotherapy pre- and post-birth: What we can do to help

Professor Doreen McClurg, Physiotherapist

12.25 pm


Ms Julia Herbert, Continence Physiotherapist

12.35 pm

Psychiatric sequelae and psychosexual morbidity

Dr Chess Denman, Psychiatrist and Specialist in Human Sexuality

12.50 pm

Question and answer session

Mr Andrew Williams, Consultant Colorectal and Pelvic Floor Surgeon, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Ms Paula Igualada-Martinez, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

1.05 pm


Helping mothers II

Professor John Scholefield, Professor of surgery

1.50 pm

Keynote lecture: Improving the health of the new mother

Baroness Julia Cumberlege CBE, National Maternity Review

2.05 pm

Another mother gives her story

Ms Jenny Tighe, formerly in publishing

2.15 pm

Long-term consequences: Bowel symptoms and treatment

Miss Karen Nugent, Honorary Consultant Surgeon, Southampton University

2.30 pm

Long-term consequences: Prolapse and urinary dysfunction and treatment

Professor Robert Freeman, Consultant Urogynaecologist, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

2.45 pm

The Lawyer's Role - should it be like this?

Ms Claire Fazan, Solicitor, Leigh Day

3.00 pm

Employment consequences

Ms Camilla Palmer QC (Hon), Employment Lawyer and Judge, Joint CEO, Your Employment Settlement Service

3.15 pm

Question and answer session

Ms Nicola Fearnhead, Colorectal Surgeon and Sir Marcus Setchell KCVO, Former Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Whittington Health NHS Trust

3.30 pm

Tea and coffee break

Informing the professions

Mr George Foster, Colorectal Surgeon and Trustee, The MASIC Foundation

3.50 pm

The PEACHES care bundle: Reducing OASIS

Ms Julie Frohlich, Midwife

4.00 pm

Awareness in primary care

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chairman, Royal College of General Practitioners

4.10 pm

Awareness in midwifery

Professor Lesley Page CBE, President, Royal College of Midwives

4.20 pm

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Royal College of Midwifes OASI Care bundle - an overview

Ms Vivienne Novis, Midwife Lead, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwifey and Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury Care bundle, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist

Changing policy

Professor Robert Arnott, Secretary, The MASIC Foundation, and Trustee, the Bowel Disease Research Foundation and Mr Simon Radley, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

4.30 pm

Does changing the evidence-base in policy change practice?

Professor Rona McCandish, Independent Advisor in Maternity Care and Health Strategy, Professor Sue Ziebland, Director, Health Experience Research and Dr Lisa Hinton, University Research Lecturer, University of Oxford

5.00 pm

Question and answer session

Professor Sir Norman Williams, Senior Clinical Advisor Department of Health, Department of Health, Professor Richard Lilford, Pro-Dean (Research), Warwick Medical School and Baroness Mary Watkins of Tavistock, Professor Emeritus of Healthcare Leadership, University of Plymouth

5.15 pm

Closing remarks and completion of evaluation forms

5.25 pm

Close of meeting

5.30 pm

Drinks reception

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  • RSM members: £30 - £80
  • Non members: £40 - £100


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Travel reimbursement

The MASIC Foundation is giving nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and students an opportunity to reimburse their travel for up to £50, only on off peak, standard class train tickets. Delegates must book on to the meeting and attend the whole day in order to take advantage of this opportunity. Travel expense forms will be available from the registration desk at 3.30pm on the day. For further details, please email

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