Families in the North West London area are praising the continuity of care they received throughout their pregnancy and childbirth across the region’s NHS maternity units.
Since the implementation of recommendations, outlined in the National Maternity Review Better Births report, women are now being seen by the same midwife, with research also revealing better clinical outcomes for mother and baby.
New mum to Alfie, from Hammersmith and Fulham, Frances Bussey said: “I had a great pregnancy and I was expected to have a low-risk birth but didn’t. My midwife responded quickly and reassured me that everything was going to be okay. Even though it didn’t all go to plan, having one midwife and her team assigned to my care made such a difference to my experience.
“Having your first child is such a big life change, as new mum I felt a lot more relaxed than I would’ve done otherwise. I really can’t sing my midwife’s praises enough, we built up such a great relationship and I truly believe she saved this experience for me.”
Each midwife is part of a six-strong team who are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are available to support women if their midwife is unavailable or on annual leave.
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust recently announced the appointment of two new teams to provide continuity of care to women.
Midwife at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Madoussou Dosso, said: “I’ve been working with this new team for almost four months. I enjoy working this way because you get to build relationships with the women you are caring for. The real highlight for me is watching these women grow and seeing how they progress with their baby.
“Being on call can be tiring but it’s also exciting to know that I am going to be there when one of my women gives birth.”
NHS trusts across the UK are implementing recommendations outlined by the National Maternity Review Better Births report to provide one-to-one support for women and their babies, as well as transform NHS maternity services overall.
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