Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of commonly asked questions. If your query cannot be found in the list then please contact the BAPM office.
Phone: 0207 092 6085 or 6086
Post: BAPM Office, RCPCH, 5-11 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8SH
FAQ's for new members:
FAQ's for existing members:
What does BAPM do?
Established in 1976, the British Association of Perinatal Medicine is now considered the foremost association for professionals in perinatal care. We are often asked for advice, comment, and opinion. The aim of BAPM is to support newborn babies and their families by providing services that help all those involved in perinatal practice to improve the standards of perinatal care in the British Isles.
The work carried out by the BAPM includes the following:
What are the benefits of becoming a member of BAPM?
- Publishing standards and providing guidance on good management and care
- Providing postgraduate education meetings throughout the year
- Promoting perinatal research
- Advising on training and education in perinatal practice
- Providing advice to Government and other professional bodies on developing and improving perinatal care
- Raising awareness of and proactively influencing the policy environment in which perinatal care is delivered
- Auditing and monitoring the outcome, structure and function of perinatal care for babies and their families
- Fostering fellowship and collaboration among those involved in the care of the pregnant woman, mother and baby
BAPM works because our members are involved. We welcome, and strongly encourage our members to participate in BAPM activities. Our members have the opportunity to help shape the delivery of neonatal care, and here’s how:
Join one of BAPM’s working groups – BAPM organises a number of working groups on issues related to perinatal medicine, usually with a view to producing a framework for practice within a defined timeline. If you are interested in joining one of our groups, ensure you check our regular email bulletins in which we seek members to join these working groups. If you feel that there is an area which needs to be addressed by a BAPM working group please contact our Honorary Secretary to discuss your ideas
Sign up for our advisory panel – By signing up to the BAPM advisory panel you will have the opportunity to comment on new policy documents and guidelines. To sign up, contact the BAPM office outlining your areas of interest. We aim to send no more than 2 or 3 documents/guidelines per year to each advisory panel member.
Apply to be an officer/representative on our Executive Committee – When a vacancy becomes available put yourself forward for nomination to serve as an officer or representative of BAPM.
Represent BAPM at other meetings/societies – On occasions we ask members to represent BAPM at other meetings and societies.
Regular email bulletins and electronic newsletters – BAPM sends out an email bulletin every 4-6 weeks, and a quarterly electronic newsletter update from the President/Honorary Secretary. These bulletins and newsletters will keep you up to date with the work of BAPM as well as other general perinatal medicine news and developments.
Attend BAPM’s Annual General Meeting and/or Perinatal Trainees’ Meeting – Attending our annual meetings offers the opportunity to keep abreast of the latest developments in neonatal care, as well as the opportunity to network with other colleagues working in the field of perinatal care.
Infant Subscription – Published 5-6 times per year, Infant magazine is sent to all BAPM members free of charge as part of their membership.
Who can become a member of BAPM, and how do I apply?
Membership of BAPM is open to anyone involved in Perinatal Care. Our current membership includes Neonatologists, Paediatricians, Obstetricians, Gynaecologists, Neonatal Nurses, Midwives, Trainees, Medical Students, Dietitians, Pharmacists, Radiologists, Neonatal Physiotherapists, Neonatal Occupational Therapists, Researchers, Lecturers, Network Managers and Medical Directors.
If you are interested in becoming a member, simply download and complete the appropriate membership form which can be found here
I have previously been a member of BAPM, and would like to re-join – how do I go about it?
BAPM welcomes back previous members. To reapply, simply complete the application form, which can be found here, and return to the BAPM office.
How much does BAPM membership cost?
Click here to view BAPM’s current membership fees. Subscriptions are charged on an annual basis and collected by direct debit (01 April). For those without a UK bank account however, payment can be made by cheque, credit/debit card or by BACS. Those without a direct debit in place will be sent an invoice when subscription fees are due.
How can I become more involved in the work of the BAPM?
There are a number of ways in which you can become more involved in the work of BAPM. These include:
Joining one of BAPM’s working groups – BAPM organises a number of working groups on issues related to perinatal medicine, usually with a view to producing a framework for practice within a defined timeline. If you are interested in joining one of our groups, ensure you check our regular email bulletins where we seek members to join these working groups. If you feel that there is an area which needs to be addressed by a BAPM working group please contact our Honorary Secretary to discuss your ideas.
Signing up for our advisory panel – By signing up to our advisory panel you will have the opportunity to comment on new policy documents and guidelines from external agencies. To sign up, contact the BAPM office outlining your areas of interest. We aim to send no more than 2 or 3 documents/guidelines per year to each advisory panel member.
Apply to be an officer/representative on our Executive Committee – When a vacancy becomes available put yourself forward for nomination to serve as an officer or representative of BAPM. To find out more about the role of a BAPM officer or representative please go to ‘Member Resources’.
Represent BAPM at other meetings/societies – On occasions we ask members to represent BAPM at other meetings and societies. Details are provided via our email bulletin.
I have not received any communications from BAPM in a while, why is that?
It may be that you have moved address, or changed your email, and did not inform us. Please contact the BAPM office to ensure we have the most up to date contact details.
My home/work address has changed, how do I inform you?
If you have moved from your current work or home address you will need to notify BAPM. You can either update your details yourself by logging in to the members’ only area and clicking on ‘Update your Details’ or you can email/write to the BAPM office with your new updated address.
I have changed my name (eg, because of a change in personal circumstances), do I need to inform you?
If your name has changed (eg through marriage) and you would like to be known by your new name then please do notify the BAPM office so our records can be updated accordingly.
I don’t appear to be receiving Infant magazine, what should I do?
Infant Magazine is sent to all members that have expressed a wish to do so, and at present is sent out 5-6 times a year. If you have never received a copy (but would like to do so), or if you have stopped receiving a copy please contact the BAPM office.
I am unable to log into the members’ only area.
To log in to the members only area of the BAPM website you will need to enter your email address (one that is registered with us), and your password. If you have forgotten your password, simply use the ‘retrieve password’ function on the login home page.
If you have forgotten your email login too then you will need to contact the BAPM office.
I would like to cancel my membership, what do I need to do?
If you decide that you no longer wish to be a BAPM member please do inform the BAPM office, either by email, phone, or post. It would be greatly appreciated if you could let us know your reason for wanting to cancel you membership. If your reason for wanting to cancel your membership is due to retirement, please note that BAPM does offer a reduced rate for retired members. Please get in touch to find out more.
I have already informed the RCPCH of a change in my contact details. Why is BAPM still sending communications to my old address/email account?
Although the BAPM office is situated in the RCPCH building, BAPM is a separate organisation with its own staff, administrative processes and its own separate membership database. Thus if you are a member of both the RCPCH and BAPM you are required to inform us separately of any changes.
Are there reduced rate membership fees available?
Non-medical members and retired members are entitled to reduced rate membership fees, and medical and nursing students are entitled to free membership for the duration of their course. Following graduation, a reduced fee will apply for foundation year doctors for a maximum of two years. Click here for subscription fees.
If you are retired, or are shortly due to retire then please contact the BAPM office for further details.
Regrettably, there are no reduced fees for overseas members, unemployed members, less than full time members, trainees, or those on maternity leave.
I’m a medical / nursing student, when will I be required to pay subscription fees?
Medical and Nursing students will begin to pay a reduced subscription fee from the first March after graduation. The BAPM office will write to you following your graduation with details.