ABSTRACT: The Forum on Malpractice Issues in Childbirth: 1985 brought together a multidisciplinary group of representatives of 70 major national organizations from health, government, law, insurance underwriting, and the public to examine professional liability issues in childbirth and to develop recommendations and strategies for action. The participants—67 from the United States, three from Canada, and one from England–were assigned to seven work groups, each addressing a different issue. Recommendations were made regarding the availability of maternity services and alternatives, provider-patient relations, government action, public and provider education, professional quality control, alternatives to litigation, and legal reforms.