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Bucks receives new pregnancy support services

Aylesbury residents will see a continuity midwife care team introduced.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:52am 10th January 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks receives new pregnancy support services

New resources are being launched to support pregnant women in Aylesbury and Buckinghamshire. 

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is introducing a continuity midwife team and an app.

The midwife team is part of the maternity transformation programme and the team will work within the Wycombe and Aylesbury community. 

This programme seeks to implement targets set by the Better Births review and the NHS long term plan for maternity services.

The new continuity carer teams  will allow women to be provided care from a small familiar team throughout their pregnancy. 

Heidi Beddall, head of midwifery in Bucks, says consistency is important during pregnancy:

"It prevents women from telling their story again and again. We know that if people are seen by the same midwife on each occasion there is less opportunity to miss important features of their pregnancy that might create a risk for them.

"There is very clear evidence that continuity of carer improves the health of babies and it most certainly improves the mental health of women. It also means women are less likely to have intervention during their birth. 

"It benefits women predominantly, but it absolutely benefits staff. It means the satisfaction you get is increased because you're really forming relationships with the women you're caring for. It enables midwifes to go home from work feeling really satisfied with their work."

An app is also being launched for women and their support network to provide information and help through pregnancy and early parenthood.

Mum and baby app

The 'Mum & Baby' app is designed to support  and in some cases educate those going through pregnancy and early parenthood. 

The app will allow its users to:

  • Choose on where in Buckinghamshire they would like to give birth and how they would like their birth to go
  • Access essential, clinically-validated information every step of the way from being pregnant, to giving birth and looking after a new baby
  • Personalise plans for their care during pregnancy, birth and beyond via an calendar feature.

Heidi thinks it is important information can be provided with such accessibility:

"I think it's really important that women are seeking information about local services, pregnancy and birth from a trusted application. There is a multitude of information available and we want to make sure they are receiving medical backed information. 

"This app is available for anyone to download, it's not just for women who are expecting in the area. 

"It allows people to have conversations about information regarding pregnancy and birth in a joined up way with everyone having access the same evidence backed information."


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