Women have praised a new way of working in local Maternity services which gives them access to a named midwife throughout their pregnancy.
More than 40 per cent of pregnant women under the care of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) are now benefiting from having a named midwife.
It has now been nine months since the Daisy, Poppy, Iris and Venus teams launched. Daisy and Poppy teams work with pregnant women in and around Grimsby and Cleethorpes and the Iris and Venus work with women in Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire. The teams are focused on providing a named midwife and a buddy for pregnant women, supported by a small group of midwives and midwifery support workers.
The teams support expectant mums throughout their pregnancy and beyond – from providing antenatal care through to being at the birth and then supporting them in the postnatal period. They have a direct telephone number for the midwife. If their specific midwife is not at work, someone else will be holding that number and can give advice. The teams also provides support to partners too.
This change – called Continuity of Carer – is the Trust’s response to the recommendations set out in the government’s Better Births Report, which was published in 2016. The aim is to improve outcomes for mothers and their babies.
Beth Buck, who works an advanced health care assistant at Scunthorpe hospital Radiology department, gave birth to her little girl, Neave Swaby, on 24 April at the hospital this year. She was very anxious as Neave arrived a week early and there were some difficulties during the pregnancy, coupled with the fact the country was in lockdown. However, Beth said the whole experience was very positive.
She said: “I could not have had a better midwife and both Jo Lilley and Rachel Spivey from the Venus team were incredible. Jo was the midwife who followed me through my pregnancy and I feel really lucky to have had her. The whole team were amazing and I feel proud that we have such a wonderful service at the Trust.”
Beth, who is currently on maternity leave, thought the experience was so good that it has spurred her on to apply to work in midwifery.
Mariam Khan gave birth to her little boy – and seventh child – at Scunthorpe hospital on 21 June. She said: “It was a massive shock because I am 44-years-old. This was the first child I’ve had at Scunthorpe – all the others were at Sheffield. All the midwives were lovely and I had one midwife throughout my journey. This midwife didn’t deliver my baby as she wasn’t on shift but I knew the other midwife from the team so I felt comfortable. It was a really good experience.”
Tina Johansson, Better Births Project Lead, said: “We have received excellent feedback from women who have been through their pregnancy journey with our teams.
“It is important for them to have that familiarity with the midwife and the teams so they feel comfortable.”