Sands is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity who operate throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives. Bereavement support is at the core of everything they do. Some of the services that they offer include a Helpline, a UK-wide network of support groups, an online forum and message boards and a wide range of leaflets, books and other resources available online and in print.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 will take place from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019. The theme for this year is Body Image. Body image issues affects many people at any age. During the week The Mental Health Foundation will be publishing new research, considering some of the reasons why body image can impact the way that people feel, campaigning for change and publishing practical tools. In previous years topics such as stress, relationships, loneliness, altruism, sleep, alcohol and friendship have been the centre of raising awareness.
May 5th 2019 is International Day of the Midwife and was first celebrated in 1991. Since then it has been observed in over 50 nations around the world to commemorate and increase the awareness about the contribution of the midwives towards the patients all over the world. It was established to be celebrated as a day to honour the midwives for their big contribution towards the health of their nations in which they work
Tommy’s charity announce the result of ground breaking new research on preclampsia known as The PARROT trial using placental growth factor to tell if women are at high risk of pre-eclampsia.
Initially published earlier this year, Tommy’s reported on research, part funded by them, that has found a better way to measure the risk of stillbirth for women with a common liver disorder through a simple blood test. The researchers estimate that implementing the test could prevent hundreds of women having unnecessary early deliveries.
Dementia UK have a huge volume of advice on their website to aid people who have, or know someone with Dementia. There are articles which cover such topics as how to get a diagnosis, what support there is available, and tips for communicating with someone with dementia.
Mama Academy provides excellent information for all stages of pregnancy. For example; it is not true that babies move less towards the end of pregnancy or in labour. You can start keeping track of your baby’s movement pattern from 24 weeks. Your midwife will ask about your baby’s movements at every appointment from 25 weeks onwards. If you think your baby’s movements have changed, don’t wait until your next appointment to report it.
The NHS could be forced to pay out hundreds of millions of pounds in negligence claims because waiting times are getting longer, according to a report by the National Audit Office. It also says too many beds may have been cut and the report links the longer waits to a lack of beds, warning that the NHS has lost 8,000 since 2010.
Read the National Audit Office press release
The Sue Moreton Foundation has donated tablet computers to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s (BCUHB) Perinatal Mental Health Service. These devices are planned to help new mums who initially struggle with their mental health. The equipment will enable specialist staff to use an innovative therapy to help new mums overcome mental health problems and forge a better bond with their baby. The equipment has been donated by a charity set up in memory of a health visitor and midwife.
The NHS has appointed England’s first Chief Midwife to improve care for new and expectant mothers and their children and promote safer births as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent will be the first to take on the new role, to oversee delivery of a package of measures building on increased safety and support in maternity care. The Chief Midwifery Officer will become the most senior midwife in England, providing professional, strategic and clinical leadership to colleagues working across the country.