About this event

  • Date and time Tue 23 Mar 2021 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Maternity and the Newborn Forum

This webinar will examine the evidence surrounding fetal monitoring in labour, update you on the latest developments and research in fetal monitoring, and explore the history of this controversial subject in maternity and newborn healthcare. 

With key speakers Phil SteerEmeritus Professor, Imperial College London, UK, Kirsten SmallObstetrician, Griffith University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Gold Coast, Australia, and Billie HunterProfessor of Midwifery, Royal College of Midwives, UK.

Midwives, student midwives, junior doctors, obstetricians, gynaecologists, and obstetric researchers will all find this webinar beneficial. 

Webinar topics include: 

  • How research can be implemented in the work environment 
  • The history and development of fetal monitoring in relation to the research evidence
  • The latest developments in fetal monitoring

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Key speakers

Philip Steer

Professor Phil Steer

Emeritus Professor, Imperial College London, UK

Speaker's biography

Professor Steer is a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Professor Emeritus at Imperial College London, based at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. He was President of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine from 1996 to 1999 and President of the Section of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Royal Society of Medicine from 2008 to 2009. He was Editor-in-Chief of BJOG (an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology) from 2005-2012, and is currently editor emeritus. He is an editor of ‘High Risk Pregnancy – Management Options’, with the fifth edition published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press, who also in 2016 published the second edition of ‘Heart Disease in Pregnancy’ that he edits with Prof Michael Gatzoulis. He is an honorary fellow of the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist of South Africa and an honorary member of the American Gynecological & Obstetrical Society for whom he gave the Joseph Price oration in Chicago in 2017.

Kirsten Small

Dr Kirsten Small

Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Grafton Hospital, New South Wales, Australia and Obstetrician/Lecturer, Griffith University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Gold Coast, Australia

Speaker's biography

Dr Small is a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist, educator, writer and researcher. As a feminist, she is critical of the patriarchal values embedded in healthcare systems. Her vision is to promote and protect respectful maternity care for women, babies, families, and care providers through education and research. Her research focus is on intrapartum fetal heart rate monitoring and inter-professional power in maternity care.

Prof Billie Hunter

Professor Billie Hunter CBE

RCM Professor of Midwifery and Director WHO Collaborating Centre for Midwifery Development, Cardiff University, Wales

Speaker's biography

Billie Hunter CBE is the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Professor of Midwifery at Cardiff University, Wales, UK, and Director of a WHO Collaborating Centre for Midwifery Development. A Fellow of the RCM, she holds Visiting Chairs at Surrey and Nottingham Universities in the UK and is Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney, Australia.


Billie has been a midwife since 1979, working in UK NHS, voluntary sector and independent midwifery settings, before moving into education and research in 1996. Billie is well known internationally for her research into culture, emotions and relationships in maternity care, and she has published widely. Her aim is to improve care for women and their families by better understanding midwifery work and supporting midwives. Her research projects include studies of midwives’ emotions and resilience, including leading the UK WHELM study of midwives’ emotional wellbeing.


In 2016, Billie became the Director of a new WHO Collaborating Centre for Midwifery Development at Cardiff University, one of only 2 centres globally that have a unique focus on midwifery. The Collaborating Centre supports WHO in its activities to strengthen midwifery

education and practice globally. Billie is involved in a number of WHO advisory groups, as well as co-leading the Midwifery Network within the Global Network of Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centres.


Billie was awarded a CBE in June 2018 in recognition of her services to midwifery and midwifery education in the UK and Europe.


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Panicos Shangaris, Clinical Lecturer, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Kings College London

History of fetal monitoring

Professor Phil Steer, Emeritus Professor, Imperial College London 

New ways of interpreting cardiotocography (CTGs)

Dr Susana Pereira, Consultant, Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Questions and answer session
Comfort break
Welcome back

Dr Ginny Mounce, Lecturer and Senior Research Midwife, Oxford Brookes University, University of Oxford

Intrapartum cardiotocograph monitoring and perinatal outcomes for women at risk

Dr Kirsten Small, Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Grafton Hospital, New South Wales, Australia  and Obstetrician/Lecturer, Griffith University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Gold Coast, Australia

The use of routinely collected CTG and maternity data to develop data-driven fetal monitoring in the context of individual clinical risk factors

Associate Professor Antoniya Georgieva, Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health, University of Oxford

Is continuous electronic fetal monitoring useful for all women in labour?

Ed Mullins, National Institute for Health Research Academic Clinical Lecturer, Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction, Imperial College London

Implementing research evidence into practice: some reflections on the challenges

Professor Billie Hunter CBE, RCM Professor of Midwifery and Director WHO Collaborating Centre for Midwifery Development, Cardiff University 

Questions and answer session
Closing remarks



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

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