Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Midwives deliver new plans to give parents the service they want

Clinical risk midwifery managerCarolyn Deegan and midwife supervisor Maria
Stewart at the conference.

The future of midwifery at Heartlands Hospital, which has one of the largest maternity services in Europe, is based on a commitment to provide what parents want.

Parents are at the centre of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust’s plans for the future of its midwifery service. New parents and parents-to-be were asked what they want from the service and from the midwives themselves. Their answers have formed the basis of a new framework for midwifery entitled ‘Your voice, your choice’ launched at a conference staged by the Trust on 4 May in celebration of the International Day of the Midwife.

Approximately 11,000 babies are born each year at the Trust’s Hospitals, which also include Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals, and in the community.

Speakers included Barbara Kuypers, Local Supervising Authority midwifery officer, Catherine Gulati representing women who use midwifery services, and from the Trust: head of midwifery Joy Payne, chief nurse Mandie Sunderland and the Faculty of Education dean Kerry Jones. The 70 delegates were able to view midwifery-related displays and had opportunity to use a variety of midwifery teaching scenarios with simulation manikins of mothers and babies.

Kerry Jones said: “We have to strive constantly to improve services and provide what women and their families want. They have told us they want midwives to be safe, caring and professional. Midwives have told us they want more time to be with the women. Over the next 12 months we will be working with parents, midwifery supervisors, obstetricians and the wider health care team to re-design services to provide what parents want.”

Midwife Claire Austin uses a manikin to demonstrate how to deliver a baby.
Joy Payne told the conference: “Our aim is to give women and their families a positive birth experience. We want to provide women-centred care that women have confidence in. We want inspirational and influential midwifery leaders, dynamic midwifery practices and effective working with the wider health and social welfare team.”

Local mum Catherine Gulati, who is co-ordinator of Solihull Local Involvement Network and also co-chair of the Heart of England Maternity Services Liaison Committee, said: “We are pleased to see the role of the midwife being valued and women being put at the heart of the strategy. We look forward to continuing to work together in recognition of the impact midwives have on the lives of local families.”

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