Pregnant women will be able to benefit from having a named midwife and care from a small team of midwives as new teams are rolled out across Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.
The Daisy Team, which is one of four teams, launched recently and is working with pregnant women in and around Grimsby and Cleethorpes. The team is focused on providing a named midwife and a buddy for pregnant women, supported by a small group of midwives and midwifery support workers.
The team supports 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 will 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 team also provides support to partners too, encouraging them to stay the night.
This change – called Continuity of Carer – is one part of the Trust’s approach to respond to the recommendations set out in the government’s Better Births Report, which was published in 2016. The rationale is to improve outcomes for mothers and their babies.
Tracey Martin, one of the midwives on the Daisy Team, said: “The women will really benefit from this as they can build a relationship with the midwives throughout their pregnancy. I wanted to be part of this team as I have always been interested in the continuity model of care.”
Midwife Jo Harding said: “We know continuity of care is going to help. At any one time, there will be a Daisy midwife on the Honeysuckle Ward.”
In recent months similar teams – Iris and Venus – have been put in place in Scunthorpe and they will be holding events to explain more about what they do to staff and women in the next few weeks. The Poppy Team will also be launching at Grimsby this month.
Jane Warner, head of midwifery, said: “This is an exciting time for women who are provided with maternity care in North and North East Lincolnshire.
“We have launched two teams in Scunthorpe and with the advent of the Daisy Team and the Poppy Team in North East Lincolnshire, it will provide a fabulous opportunity for both midwives and women during their pregnancy journey.
“Evidence has shown that the impact of this model provides improved outcomes for women and babies which makes the changes paramount.”
In the coming months other new teams will be set up so eventually the whole of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole will be covered by this new approach to midwifery.