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Welcome to our Better Births information and training platform

If you want more information on the Better Births Programme

If you want to access the video, documents and webinar database

If you want to access meeting minutes and actions

Please see our list of training courses and resource sharing links.

The online training sessions enhance traditional learning, support existing teaching methods and provide a valuable reference point. They are designed and built to be engaging and interactive, using quality images, video, audio and animation to help users learn and retain knowledge. Content is presented using various templates such as ‘real-life’ scenarios, case studies and ‘knowledge bites’.

The Perinatal Mental Health programme has been designed to help educate and increase awareness of issues arising from mental health.

This programme deals with two small projects, Perinatal Mental Health for Health Visitors, and Perinatal Mental Health. The latter project has recently been added as a result of the Mental Health Awareness Programme, which includes e-learning from several projects, all focused on increasing awareness of Mental Health in different disciplines.

Personalised care planning aims to ensure that people with long term conditions are more involved in decisions about their care through a care planning discussion. This focuses on what is important to them with goal setting and the provision of information and support for self care. Care planning aims to address wider, holistic needs which should open up wider choices including services to support self care or services to meet other needs such as social or psychological.

The System Workforce Planning e-learning resource has been developed by Health Education England (HEE) working across the West Midlands, in partnership with HEE e-Learning for Healthcare. It provides a practical and easy-to-use four-step process to workforce planning within a system. Tools and techniques guide you through each of the four steps with a worked-through example.

Our first Bronze-level e-learning training focuses on quality improvement and includes a broad spectrum of foundation knowledge, from an introduction to the concepts of quality improvement and the Model for Improvement, to more detailed descriptions of some of the tools for improvement and how they can be used. 

The Improvement Academy is working collaboratively with experts, organisations, frontline staff and patients to explore how Human Factors can be embedded within healthcare delivery. Our Human Factors training is designed to meet the needs of organisations and frontline staff and, most importantly, ontribute to reducing patient harm. Bronze Human Factors training is our entry level introductory course, is accessed online, and takes no more than one and a half hours to complete.

This online course is for midwives, obstetricians, GPs, nurses, medical students and any other healthcare professionals interested in women’s health.

The BIRTH repository is an online, freely available resource for sharing of information & resources related to childbirth and maternity care.

The repository is for all interested in this topic, and will be co-created by a global community. This first hub focuses on normal physiological childbirth related to preconception, pregnancy, parturition (birth) postnatal care and parenting.

Across the UK there is much to be done to reduce rates of
smoking amongst pregnant women. 15% and 16% of pregnant
Northern Irish and Welsh smokers respectively continue to
smoke throughout their pregnancy, and over 10% of women in
England are recorded as smoking at the time of delivery

Trainee and practising doctors are busy people. The aim of this book is to provide you with a relatively short account of breastfeeding that links the physiology and underlying science with the experiences of women so that you can better understand what it is like to be a breastfeeding mother in the UK today.

You can then offer basic evidence-based information in a supportive way and refer her to more specialised sources of help (such as a local infant feeding lead, third sector breastfeeding counsellor or drop-in support group) where appropriate.

RCM i-learn has a range of online learning modules designed to support members’ continuous professional development (CPD)

i-learn is easy to use and provides around-the-clock access to online learning. You can enrol on as many modules as you wish and work through them when and where you like.

For RCM Members only.


The following links will take you to various information slides and documents around smoking cessation during pregancy. Included files are:

  • E-Cigarette information for health professionals and infographics
  • Smoke free Pregnancy Journey
  • SIP best practice pathway

COVID19 safeguarding Supporting families to cope with infant crying ICON: Babies cry, you can cope

Abusive Head Trauma (AHT): Key points

  • Is child abuse and 100% preventable
  • Catastrophic injuries which result often present in a constellation including brain injuries, bleeding within the eye and certain long bone fractures and spinal fractures
  • AHT is often triggered by caregiver’s lack of ability to cope with a crying baby
  • 70% of babies that are shaken are shaken by a male caregiver/father
  • Risk is increased at times of stress within families
  • There is an association between economic hardship and the incidence of AHT.

The Challenges of COVID19

  • The ability to cope with stress depends on the controllability of the stressor. The measures to contain and delay the spread of COVID19 are already presenting major stressors for families which they cannot control e.g.
    • Loss of income
    • Self isolation with children and potentially at risk adults
    • Social distancing restrictions on activities which might lessen stress (e.g. sports, social engagement and entertainment, celebrations)
    • Social distancing restrictions on activities which might enhance support and coping (e.g support groups, children/baby groups and classes, baby clinics).

ICON: Babies cry, you can cope.

ICON is an AHT prevention programme that includes a series of touchpoints normally delivered at specific points in the first 6 to 8 weeks of a babies life and antenatally and is normally commissioned as a full programme.

The #COVID19safeguarding response. The advice and support that underpins ICON is being made available for all health and social care professionals to ensure the message is provided to all families with babies. 

Hospital based prevention: To ensure the message reaches men, having a conversation with both parents/carers after the baby has been born and before they leave hospital is an important time to deliver this message. 

Repeating the message: Proactive contact to repeat the message at any time between 2 weeks and 8 weeks when the crying will start to increase and reach its peak, is also important.

The ICON message is very simple and can be delivered by volunteers and unregistered professionals. The ICON touchpoints are given below with a description of how the message can be delivered to parents/carers.

  • Infant crying is normal and it will stop. This is something not many parents or professionals are aware of. Babies start to cry more frequently at about 2 weeks of age. The crying may get more frequent and last longer. After about 8 weeks of age babies start to cry less each week.
  • Comfort methods can sometimes help to soothe the baby and the crying will stop. Think about if the baby is ill, do they have a temperature, are they hungry, in need of a nappy change.  Talk calmly, hum or sing to your baby
  • Let them hear a repeating or soothing sound
  • Hold them close – skin to skin
  • Go for a walk outside with your baby
  • Give them a warm bath

These techniques may not always work. It may take a combination or more than one attempt to soothe the baby. If you think there is something wrong with your baby or the crying won’t stop speak to your GP, Midwife or Health Visitor. If you are worried that your baby is unwell call NHS 111.

  • It’s OK to walk away, if you find the crying is getting to you. Put your baby in a safe place and walk away so that you can calm yourself down by doing something that takes your mind off the crying. Try listening to music, doing some exercises or doing something that calms you.Call a relative or friend – they may be able to help you calm or may be able to watch your baby.

After a few minutes when you are calm, go back and check on the baby.


It’s normal for parents to get stressed, especially by crying. Put some time aside for yourself and take care of your needs as well as your baby’s to help you cope.

  • Never every shake or hurt a baby! Sometimes parents and people looking after babies get so angry and frustrated with a baby’s cry they lose control. They act on impulse and shake their baby.

Shaking or losing your temper with a baby is very dangerous and can cause:

  • Blindness
  • Learning disabilities
  • Seizures
  • Physical disabilities
  • Death