Managing the Consequences of OASI: A Patient and Professional’s Perspective



A multi-disciplinary education webinar, organised by the MASIC Foundation, with leading speakers focusing on managing the consequences of Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury (OASI) following birth.
Covering topics on coping day to day, the effects on the woman’s physical and emotional health and the impact on the family.

Co-chaired by:
Debra Bick OBE, Professor of Clinical Trials in Maternal Health, Deputy Pro Dean for Research, Warwick Clinical Trials Unit and Chair of The MASIC Foundation.

Joanna Prance, MASIC Advocate, Personal Trainer and inspirational blogger @colostomummy.

Speakers include:
Two MASIC Advocates discussing their experiences of living with an OASI.

Emma Brockwell, Pelvic Health Physio, @physiomumuk and Author of ‘Why Did No One Tell Me?’ will be providing tips for coping long term after a 3rd and 4th degree tear.

Yvette Perston, Functional Bowel CNS, will be suggesting practical advice for coping day to day.

Brigitte Collins, Global Clinical Education Manager at MacGregor Healthcare Ltd, will introduce and identify how rectal irrigation can improve quality of life for women with bowel dysfunction following severe perineal injury.

Time will be allocated at the end of the webinar for an interactive Q&A session with all speakers and the event organiser Professor Robert Freeman – Consultant Gynaecologist at University Hospitals Plymouth.

The education webinar is open to anyone who may have suffered an OASI during childbirth and all health professionals – with particular relevance to students and registered professionals in midwifery, nursing, physiotherapy, mental health, obstetrics, urogynaecology and pelvic floor surgery, among others.

This event generously sponsored by MacGregor Healthcare Ltd.

Looking for support?

There is support available if you need it, don’t suffer in silence and don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.

MASIC can help you over come the physical and emotional trauma you may have experienced during and after child birth. We can support you and guide you to helpful resources, all you need to do is get in touch.

Not sure where to start?

Please call the MASIC 24h freephone Birth Injury Support Helpline 0808 1640 8333

The stats speak for themselves.
More women are affected and need support…


of women with severe birth injury said it impacted on their relationship with their child


were affected by traumatic memories of the birth


stated they were embarrassed by the symptoms of their injury


of women affected said they doubted their ability to mother


suffered postnatal depression as a result of their injury


of women affected regretted having a child because of the injuries sustained