Tamba (Twins and multiple births association) have been funded by the Department of Health to support the improvement of maternity care in multiples within NHS maternity teams. They have developed a multiples specific CPD area on the Tamba website available free to every health professional that signs up. Materials include over 20 videos which reflect on practice, and staff can download a CPD certificate for their professional portfolio counting towards revalidation.
The RCM are working hard with PHE and other agencies to help boost vaccination uptake across the pregnant population. The RCM Alliance partnership with Emma’s Diary focuses on providing support in pregnancy and early parenthood through information for pregnant women and new parents, resources for midwives, research and the Mums’ Midwife of the Year Award. Emma’s Diary is a multi-channel pregnancy and parenting information provider which has been providing credible and reliable information for 25 years, to support families from pre-conception through pregnancy and into parenting.
An in-depth survey has been carried out and the findings can be seen here
Death Before Birth: Understanding, informing and supporting choices made by people who have experienced miscarriage, termination and stillbirth is a two-year ESRC-funded project, carried out by researchers from the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol. They looked at the experiences of women who had gone through early pregnancy loss, such as miscarriage, terminations for foetal anomaly or stillbirth before 24 weeks.
Further details of the project can be found at: deathbeforebirthproject.org
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Funded by the Welsh Government, the ‘Your Birth We Care’ survey explores women’s experiences of pregnancy and birth in Wales. Midwives and women from the local user forums in all the health boards across Wales met in Cardiff City Hall to listen to the findings and to debate how services could be enhanced to respond to women’s views. In total, 3,968 women from all over Wales completed the full survey and represented all age groups, ranging from first time mothers, to those who have had several births.
Macmillan has developed an information booklet in partnership with the charity Mummy’s Star, for women diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy. It’s estimated that 1 in every 1,000 pregnant women is diagnosed with cancer. The booklet also explains the emotional and practical issues women may experience in this situation and talks about the treatment and support that is available.
Free copies of the booklet can be ordered or downloaded from: https://be.macmillan.org.uk/be/s-864-cancer-and-pregnancy.aspx
SheDecides is a global movement to support the fundamental rights of girls and women to decide freely and for themselves about their sexual lives, including whether, when, with whom and how many children they have. Everyone who supports the values and principles of SheDecides is invited to sign the manifesto.
NHS England has announced four new Mother and Baby Units to deliver more personalised care to women and babies. The units will allow women with mental ill health to be with their babies while receiving the specialist care they need. The four providers who will have Mum and Baby Units opening in 2018 are: Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, Devon NHS Partnership Trust, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.
NHS England comments on the UCL and National Children’s Bureau report on young people’s depression.
Claire Murdoch, National Mental Health Director at NHS England, said: “NHS services for children and young people are expanding at their fastest rate in a decade. This year the NHS will treat an additional 30,000 children and young people, supported by an additional £280 million of funding. The report demonstrates how critical it is that all services – schools, youth services as well as the NHS – play their part in spotting problems early, and offering solutions.”
Sands Memory Boxes are now available free of charge to healthcare professionals and healthcare providers. The boxes provide a place for parents to keep memories of their precious baby and an opportunity for healthcare professionals working with them to offer practical and emotional support at an extremely difficult time. Memory boxes are also a crucial first step in the support offered by Sands to bereaved parents by reaching out at the initial moments of devastation and grief.
Serious errors in maternity care that leave babies brain damaged are as likely today as they were 20 to 25 years ago, according to a report that recommends annual training for all obstetric staff. A review of compensation claims by the NHS litigation body found problems with staff training across the health service, as well as issues with individual doctors or midwives. Report author Michael Magro said: “These incidents are very rare. However, every case presents an opportunity for learning in order to improve the safety of maternity care.”
New resources are now available for Stepping up to Public Health. The framework can help midwives and MSW’s discuss public health issues with the women in a more personalised way. RCM are very keen to encourage use of this resource on a regular basis as part of midwifery care. It has been funded by the Department of Health and supported by PHE.
Marc Harder, National Bereavement Care Pathway Lead at Sands has published his latest blog on the National Bereavement Care Pathway. The update covers the work being carried out ahead of the pilot launch of the pathway on the 9th October 2017.
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