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  1. Content Article
    Reducing inequalities in maternal health care in England is an important policy aim. One part of achieving that is to ensure that women from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, as well as women from the most deprived areas, see the same midwife or midwifery team throughout their pregnancy and postnatal period. Emma Dodsworth takes a closer look at the data to reveal what progress is being made on this.
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    This article by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) summarises recent evidence about the information and support pregnant women need to make decisions about their maternity care, and any interventions they may need. It discusses the following areas: The importance of continuity of carer and personalised care in maternity services Women need clear information and better access to mental health care Helping women with complicated pregnancies make informed decisions about their care Supporting shared decision-making when there are problems with the baby
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    This document provides guidance for maternity services and Local Maternity Systems on how to develop a local plan for achieving Midwifery Continuity of Carer as the default model of care offered to all women. The guidance sets out recommended practice, how delivery against these plans will be assured nationally, and how provision will be measured at provider and Local Maternity System level. Midwifery Workforce Tools designed to help midwifery leaders safely plan, simulate and design maternity services can be used alongside this guidance.
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    This blog in The BMJ Opinion by Steph O'Donohue, content and engagement manager at Patient Safety Learning, looks at the benefits and potential risks of the midwifery continuity of carer model. Steph highlights that seeing the same midwife throughout pregnancy and during labour allows patient and midwife to build a relationship of trust and results in improved outcomes for patients and their babies. She argues that patients and families would be more vocal advocates for continuity of carer if they better understood the benefits of the model. Further reading: Midwifery Continuity of Carer: What does good look like?' Midwifery Continuity of Carer: Frontline insights The benefits of Continuity of Carer: a midwife’s personal reflection
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    New research showed how a national quality improvement programme called PReCePT (Preventing Cerebral Palsy in Pre Term labour) accelerated maternity units’ use of Magnesium sulphate for pre-term labour. The programme could serve as a blueprint for future efforts to get clinical guidelines into practice in other areas of care. The quality improvement programme involved training staff on the benefits of magnesium sulphate, and having a local midwife dedicated to encouraging and monitoring use of the medicine at their maternity unit. The programme was supported by Academic Health Science Networks (a regional and national organisation that encourages improvement and innovation in healthcare).  This article from the National Institute for Health and Care Research provides a plain English summary and short film about the project.
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    More and more women in Worcestershire are benefiting from having an individual named midwife throughout their maternity journey. In this short video, new Continuity of Carer (CoC) midwives from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, and some local mums explain what it's like to be part of a CoC model.
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    COVID-19 has created unprecedented pressures for the NHS as a whole including maternity services. How can maternity leaders run a safe and rights respecting maternity service during a pandemic? This guide, produced by Brithrights, sets out a process to support maternity service leaders to reach decisions that help them to achieve this. All those affected by decisions need to be involved in making them. NHS England guidance states that Maternity Voices Partnership Chairs should be involved in decisions about temporary changes to maternity services, in addition to staff and partner organisations.
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    After babies are born they have to breathe, suck, feed, wee, poo and stay warm. This NHS leaflet (April 2020) will tell you how to keep your baby safe and healthy. Do not delay seeking help if you have any concerns. Content includes: What is jaundice? Breathing, colour and movement. Feeding.
  9. Content Article
    PPROM is the acronym for Preterm Pre-labour Rupture Of Membranes. This is otherwise known as when the waters break prior to 37 weeks during pregnancy. These waters, known as the amniotic fluid, protect the baby from injury. It also helps in preventing infection being passed from mother to baby. As soon as the waters break the risks of infection to both mother and baby are high. Therefore good management of care at this stage is key to treating this condition successfully. Little Heartbeats raise awareness of PPROM, help patients share their experiences and promote the use of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology leaflet which contains the guidelines set out for UK hospitals to follow in the event of PPROM.
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    This is a series of three articles written by Kirsten Small, a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist in Australia, exploring the risks that flow from the use of intrapartum monitoring. Part 1 Examines evidence of short and long-term physical harms to birthing women relating to higher rates of surgical birth when intrapartum Cardiotocography (CTG) monitoring is used. Part 2 Focuses on possible psychological harms which have been reported relating to CTG use. Part 3 Looks at the possibility that CTG use might cause harm to the baby, while the two previous posts have examined the risk to birthing women.
  11. Content Article
    The Midwifery Matrons at Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust (NGHT) led on service development to address unwarranted variation in practices identified in complaints being made to the midwifery team. This has led to improved experiences and better use of resources within the Trust.
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    This is the sixth annual report produced for the Maternal, Newborn and Infant Clinical Outcome Review Programme, run by the MBRRACE-UK collaboration. The authors analysed 2.3 million pregnancies from 2015-2017 in the UK and Ireland. During that three-year period, 209 women in the UK and Ireland died during their pregnancies or up to six weeks afterwards from pregnancy-related causes. This is equivalent to just over 9 women per 100,000. The leading cause of maternal deaths in the UK is still cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks, heart failure and heart rhythm problems, and there has been no reduction in maternal deaths from heart-related causes for more than 15 years. The full report can be found through the link below, or you can read the lay summary here. 
  13. Content Article
    Of the more than 130 million births occurring each year, an estimated 303 000 result in the mother’s death, 2.6 million in stillbirth, and another 2.7 million in a newborn death within the first 28 days of birth. The majority of these deaths occur in low-resource settings and most could be prevented. The World Health Organization (WHO) has produced a safe birth checklist.
  14. Content Article
    Black women in the UK are five times more likely to die during pregnancy and after childbirth compared to white women (MBRRACE, 2019). A petition recently called for more research into why this is happening and recommendations to improve healthcare for Black Women as urgent action is needed to address this disparity. The petition exceeded the threshold of 100,000 signatures required in order to be considered for debate in Parliament. The Government issued this written response on 25 June 2020.
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    More than 1 in 10 women will experience postnatal depression within the first year after giving birth. With a recent study showing that postnatal depression is 13% higher among black and ethnic minority women than it is among white women, it raises significant questions around whether these women are receiving the right treatment and support.
  16. Content Article
    This question and answer web page from the World Health Organization provides key information about pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding in relation to the Covid-19 outbreak. Questions include:Are pregnant women at higher risk from Covid-19?I’m pregnant. How can I protect myself against Covid-19?Should pregnant women be tested for Covid-19?Can Covid-19 be passed from a woman to her unborn or newborn baby?What care should be available during pregnancy and childbirth?Do pregnant women with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 need to give birth by caesarean section?Can women with Covid-19 breastfeed?Can I touch and hold my newborn baby if I have Covid-19?I have Covid-19 and am too unwell to breastfeed my baby directly. What can I do?
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    The COVID-19 outbreak has had an impact on all areas of health and social care. While understandably the focus of the healthcare system currently rests on the pandemic, it is important that we also consider the impact on non COVID-19 treatment and care. This has been recently highlighted by the UK Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, who has warned about the impact that the pandemic will have on other areas as the health system is “reorientated towards COVID”.[1] Patient Safety Learning believe that in this context the need to pay attention to patient safety is now more important than ever. Pregnant women represent a unique patient group, facing very specific challenges. Although early evidence indicates that babies and children are less severely affected by the virus, many are concerned for the safety of their baby within the unfamiliar backdrop of COVID-19. It is understandable that fears persist when there are reports of pregnant women, children and midwives who have tragically lost their lives. This is the first blog where we will look at the impact of the pandemic on maternity services. Here we will focus on the safety implications of both low and high-risk women choosing to birth at home due to fears of contracting the virus in hospital. We also raise questions as to whether a blanket suspension of home birth services is putting some women and babies at greater risk.
  18. Content Article

    Midwifery during COVID-19: A personal account

    I am a case loading midwife, working during the coronavirus pandemic. This is my personal account of what we are doing in my area to keep our women and ourselves safe, and the barriers we are facing.
  19. Content Article
    This guidance was published on 9 April 2020 by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwifery. It highlights that childbearing women and newborn infants continue to require safe person-centred care during the current COVID-19 pandemic and they represent a unique population. The majority are healthy, experiencing a life event that may bring clinical, emotional, psychological, and social needs. Women and newborn infants therefore require access to quality midwifery care, multidisciplinary services and additional care for complications including emergencies, if needed. When staff and services are under extreme stress there is a real risk of increasing avoidable harm, including an increased risk of infection, morbidity and mortality, and reductions in the overall quality of care. Safety, quality and preventing avoidable harm must be key priorities in decision making. Continuation of as near normal care for women should be supported, as it is recognised to prevent poor outcomes. 
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