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Speaker Biography

Professor James Drife

Professor James Drife, President, Baby Lifeline; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Leeds

James Drife is emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology of the University of Leeds. He graduated in Edinburgh and worked in Bristol and Leicester before moving to Leeds in 1990. He is a national assessor for the UK Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths (whose next report, Saving Mothers’ Lives 2006-8, is soon to be published). He is also a consultant to the World Health Organisation’s Making Pregnancy Safer initiative, working mainly in Central Asia.

He has been a vice-president of the RCOG and chairman of the Academic Association of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He also served on the UKCC Midwifery Committee. He is editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and he writes regularly for the BMJ. His hobby is songwriting and in August he appeared on the Edinburgh Fringe with Abracadabarets.