Place of Birth - elearning for healthcare
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  • Birmingham Healthcare Partners
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Available on the Learning Hub

This programme is available on the NHS Learning Hub. We recommend you read the information on this webpage to find out more about the programme before you access the learning (

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About the Place of Birth programme


‘Discussing Place of Birth Options with Healthy Low-risk Women’, and ‘Becoming a Place of Birth Lead’ are elearning sessions developed by midwives, for midwives, to support women in their birth place decisions.  They are also suitable for others working with pregnant women, such as obstetricians, maternity support workers and GPs.

The first session aims to ensure that midwives (and other professionals) have the essential knowledge about safety, intervention and transfer rates for different birth place options.

The second session is for midwives who have completed the first session, and agreed with their manager to become ‘Place of Birth Leads’ in their team, to support their colleagues in improving their place of birth discussions with women.

This programme is the result of a collaboration between midwives at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, researchers from the University of Birmingham and the Royal College of Midwives, and  supported by funding from the NIHR CLAHRC programme. All the supporting materials for this programme have been written by subject specialists and experts in this field.

Meet the team

  • Scott Mountifield

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Sara Kenyon

    Prof. Sara Kenyon

    Project Lead, Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham
  • Beck Taylor

    Dr. Beck Taylor

    Project Lead, Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham
  • Lia Brigante

    Lia Brigante

    Quality & Standards Advisor, The Royal College of Midwives
  • Leanne Hargreaves

    Leanne Hargreaves

    Stakeholder Officer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Laura Goodwin

    Project Lead, Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham
  • Alice Denham

    Alice Denham

    Lead Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

To access this elfh programme, you will require a Learning Hub account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below. Note that if you hold a full elfh account, you can sign into the Learning Hub using your existing login credentials.


To view the Place of Birth programme, select the View button below. If you already have a Learning Hub account, you will also be able to login and access the resources within the programme.


NHS healthcare staff in England – ESR

The Place of Birth programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.
Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access to the Learning Hub, you may be able to access the service if you have an existing OpenAthens account. Please go to Learning Hub and sign in with your existing credentials.

If you do not have an existing OpenAthens account, please contact elfh directly to check whether you may be eligible for access.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Place of Birth programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

Please select the following link for more information on how to use the Learning Hub

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