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postnatal guidance at home

Postnatal guidance at home is the care of the woman and her baby during the period from birth to approximately 6 weeks postnatal. It is focused on the health, wellbeing and recovery of the woman and the health, well being and development of the baby. One cannot be considered in isolation to the other and the transition of the woman to a confident, competent mother is an intrinsic part of the process.

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Media release 31 October 2018

Successful NHS maternity service seeks to support mums-to-be from all backgrounds 

Healthcare commissioners are to explore how mums-to-be from a wider range of backgrounds can benefit from a successful maternity care service in Waltham Forest.

Parents of babies born under the care of the borough’s Neighbourhood Midwives have given the service a glowing report.

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Tanzania midwives

One of our Midwives, Rebecca Urquhart, has recently been to Tanzania to set up an initiative where Neighbourhood Midwives will be supporting rural midwives, and the women they care for, in the small village of Nanjirinji.

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Are you a midwife who wants to work in a different way?

  • To carry your own caseload of women?

  • To provide continuity through pregnancy, birth and postnatal and to be available to your women?

  • To manage your own working day/week with the support of a partner.

  • To work in a supportive open organisation with sound governance and full insurance?

 

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From the very first day we launched our midwifery service 4 years ago, we have been committed to providing safe, high quality to all the women in our care and to supporting and nurturing our midwives to enjoy and develop a rich and varied range of skills and experience. We have now completed our first CQC inspection which was from the 11th – 13th of April this year.

You can read the whole report here: http://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/1-484403625/services

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signing of NHS contract with WF CCG

We are delighted to announce that, on Weds Nov 9th, Neighbourhood Midwives signed our first NHS contract for a two year pilot with Waltham Forest CCG. WF is in one of the 7 pioneer areas working with the Maternity Transformation Programme Board to implement the recommendations of the 2016 Maternity Review around increasing choice and personalised care to women.

The agreed contract is the culmination of our many years of campaigning to provide a community based caseload midwifery service within the NHS and is the result of a great deal of hard work and commitment from a fantastic team at the CCG. As an employee owned  social enterprise NM’s vision is to provide another choice for midwives as well as for women and their families.

Our new service will launch on Monday, 14th November in Waltham Forest and we look forward to working closely with our colleagues throughout the maternity service, providing women centred care and hopefully lots of homebirths!

A big thank you to all our midwives, supporters and everyone who has championed us along the way. There will be many more challenges ahead no doubt but for now it is time to pause for a moment, reflect on our journey so far and celebrate our achievement in reaching this milestone.

 

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Writing a book is one of those things up there with sailing around the world or walking from Lands End  to John O’Groats – it’s on a bucket ‘wish list’ for lots of people and, for most of us that is where it firmly stays.

So, when I was asked if I would like to write a book about homebirth – one of my favourite subjects, as anyone who knows me will confirm, I was in a dilemma for all of  5 minutes; did I have the time? No; Was I capable? i didn’t know but I was up for having a go; Did I want to? Definitely!

And so, over the course of last year or so, that is what I have been doing and the result – ‘The Homebirth Handbook – How to have your baby safely and calmly at home’ was published by Vermilion on Thursday, 2nd of June 2016.

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Tuesday 23 February 2016

Here at Neighbourhood Midwives we are very excited to share the press release about the publication of the Maternity Review – we hope that it heralds the changes which we have been campaigning for and are ready and keen to be part of:

Maternity services in England must become safer, more personalised, kinder, professional and more family-friendly.
That’s the vision of the National Maternity Review, which today (Tuesday) publishes its recommendations for how services should change over the next five years.

The NHS England commissioned review – led by independent experts and chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege – sets out wide-ranging proposals designed to make care safer and give women greater control and more choices.
The report finds that despite the increases in the number of births and the increasing complexity of cases, the quality and outcomes of maternity services have improved significantly over the last decade. The stillbirth and neonatal mortality rate in England fell by over 20% in the ten years from 2003 to 2013.[1] Maternal mortality in the UK has reduced from 14 deaths per 100,000 maternities in 2003/05 to 9 deaths per 100,000 maternities in 2011/13.[2] The conception rate for women aged under 18 in England, a key indicator of the life chances of our future generations, reduced by almost half, between 1998 and 2013.[3]

However, the review also found meaningful differences across the country, and further opportunities to improve the safety of care and reduce still births.

Prevention and public health have an important role to play, as smoking is still the single biggest identifiable risk factor for poor birth outcomes. Obesity among women of reproductive age is increasingly linked to risk of complications during pregnancy and health problems of the child.

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