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Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health

Improving the health of mothers, babies and children

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Welcome to CEMACH

We aim to improve the health of mothers, babies and children by carrying out confidential enquiries and related work on a nationwide basis and by widely disseminating our findings and recommendations.  



CEMACH will become an independent charity on 1 July 2009 with the new name "Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries'"(CMACE).

CEMACH was set up in April 2003 as a unit within the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

The independent status and new name reflect significant developments since 2003.  CMACE will continue to be committed to work for mothers and babies but also aims to develop and expand its work on child health.  The organisation has also broadened its range of activities beyond its core national confidential enquiry activity.  Local review, clinical audits and research collaborations represent increasingly important  parts of its work.  These all support its wider mission to improve the health of mothers, babies and children.

CEMACH has worked closely with a wide range of clinicians, including midwives, paediatricians, obstetricians and, increasingly, general practitioners in carrying out its reviews.  It is committed to continuing and further strengthening these relationships once it becomes CMACE.  Links with the RCOG as the legal host have been particularly strong.  Although CMACE will not be part of the RCOG in the same way as CEMACH, both parties are committed to retaining close ties in the future.

Professor Arulkumaran, President of the RCOG said: "I have greatly valued the role played by CEMACH in recent years.  We welcome its achievement of independence as CMACE and look forward to working in partnership with the new organisation on our shared goals."

Professor Jimmy Walker, the Chair of CEMACH since April 2009, who will continue as Chair of CMACE, said "I would like to thank the RCOG for its support over the last 6 years.  The college's help has been essential in nurturing and enabling CEMACH to grow and develop through this period of significant change.  We look forward to continuing to work with the RCOG and all our stakeholders in developing the role of CMACE in the years to come."


-CMACE will be a charitable company limited by guarantee registered by the Charity Commission

-The founding members of the company are the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health, Royal College of Anaesthetists, Royal College of General Practitioners, Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

- For further information contact Richard Congdon, Chief Executive, on 0207-486-1191 or by email: richard.congdon@cemach.org.uk.

Diabetes in Pregnancy Post Project Review

If you are either a Head of Midwifery, a Clinical Director or a PCT Director of Public Health who has received a post project review questionnaire and would like to complete this electronically please click here.  

*New CEMACH Child Health Enquiry: Call for topic suggestions* 

Click here for information on making a suggestion OR click here to go directly to the online form for topic suggestion

 Obesity in Pregnancy Audit (1st March - 30th April 2009)

 For the postcode convertor or BMI calculator please click here.

Safer Births Network

 Specialist help available for your maternity unit: application deadline Friday 5 June.

Safer Births is a programme run by The King's Fund in partnership with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives, National Patient Safety Agency, NHS Litigation Agency and Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health.  We are seeking applications to join our improvement network, which aims to improve the outcomes of care during labour and birth for women and babies.

The network will provide customised support to up to 12 multidisciplinary maternity teams in England from a service improvement specialist, who will visit teams regularly to help them to develop and implement an action plan focused on their trust's main safety challenges in intrapartum care.  Bespoke consultancy support and access to the expertise, tools and activities of the Safer Birth partners will also be available.

We will be organising face-to-face networking and learning opportunities for network members and we will also facilitate the exchange of information and learning via a secure online facility.

You can apply online and find out more information, including about the selection process, at www.kingsfund.org.uk/saferbirthsnetwork.




Hardcopies of this report are no longer available from the CEMACH website.  For further copies please contact the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) Bookshop. 

(Electronic copies of the full report and hardcopies/electronic of the Executive and Midwifery Summaries however are still available)

What's New

*January 2009*

 CEMACH 2009 Perinatal Death Notification Forms



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