An information booklet has been launched by NHS North West London to help women and their families when they leave hospital following childbirth.
‘After your baby’s birth’ is a booklet containing key information, such as local contact numbers and information on maternal mental health, as well as advice on infant feeding.
The booklet has been launched after it was found women and their families were given information verbally or received poorly photocopied sheets of paper.
The take-home booklet for mums is evidence-based and provides them with the latest research in maternity care to support them.
Chief Nurse at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Pippa Nightingale, said: “This booklet is the result of extensive and collaborative work across the maternity sector in NW London to limit the variation in quality of care and experiences for all women.
“We are really excited for mums and families to be receiving this booklet on their journey into parenthood.”
The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) has welcomed and supports the ‘After your baby’s birth’ booklet, saying current information for women is inconsistent, out of date and often poorly explained.
Senior Policy Advisor for the NCT, Elizabeth Duff, said: “New mothers described being ‘on the receiving end of conflicting advice or information’ on things like feeding, caring for their baby, and caring for themselves.
“This new booklet gives clear and helpful advice and we’re pleased to see it’s available in several languages. We also welcome the section on emotional and mental health which includes information on how to get help.”
A copy of the booklet can be found here:
Over the next year, this work will be extended to provide the latest information for pregnant women and their families.
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