Birmingham obstetrician awarded MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list
Written by Tristan Harris on June 7, 2019
A LEADING Birmingham obstetrician who developed a safer method of monitoring the growth of babies during pregnancy has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Prof Jason Gardosi receives the award in recognition of his many years of commitment and outstanding achievement in maternity services.
In 2013, after 28 years of work in the NHS, he founded the Edgbaston-based Perinatal Institute, a not-for-profit organisation engaged in supporting maternity services in the UK and abroad.
The Institute has received a string of awards for their work which helped reduce stillbirth rates in England, including three national Patient Safety Awards, the BMJ award for Clinical Leadership, the Queen’s Award for Innovation and the Princess Royal Training Award.
Professor Gardosi said: “I am delighted to accept this honour on behalf of all staff at the Institute.
“It is also a welcome recognition of the efforts of many hard-working, dedicated midwives and doctors in the NHS, who are seeking to provide a personalised, and hence safer, service for expectant mothers in their care.”
The institute’s Queen’s award-winning innovation relates to the Gestation Related Optimal Weight (GROW) chart which predicts a baby’s growth in the womb, after adjusting for pregnancy characteristics such as the mother’s height, weight and ethnic origin. Previously, a one-size-fits-all approach resulted in over three quarters of babies being at risk due to growth problems not being recognised.
The computer-generated GROW app increases the confidence of clinicians when monitoring the growth of a baby during pregnancy – meaning they can intervene more quickly when there is concern, or can more confidently provide reassurance to the expectant mother when growth is progressing normally.
The GROW charts are provided by the Institute as part of a national programme focusing on the prevention of stillbirths, by implementing lessons learnt from thorough, independent assessments of adverse pregnancy outcomes.
For more information about the Perinatal Institute, go to www.perinatal.org.uk