A woman will be able to contact a midwife as soon as she knows she is pregnant. The same midwife will support her throughout her pregnancy.
Women will already know from their education the importance of a healthy diet, exercising, not misusing drugs and alcohol and not smoking during pregnancy.
When the time is right for the expectant mother, the midwife will discuss with her the choices of where she can have her baby. All women will be offered a choice and all maternity facilities will promote a philosophy of normality, natural labour and childbirth.
The safety of mother and child will be paramount so that all care will be provided within a network supported by strong neonatal services. If the baby requires special or intensive care, this will be provided within a clinical network as near to the mother’s home as possible.
Women will be encouraged to breastfeed their baby with support from trained practitioners.
Delivering our vision in more challenging times
We have now entered a time of greater financial constraint which means we need to refresh the way we plan to continue to deliver our vision. We need to prioritise the changes we can make that will have the biggest impact on driving up quality while at the same time help make our local NHS more efficient.
In the area of maternity and newborn, the East Midlands health community is concentrating on normalising birth, that is to reduce the amount of unecessary caesarean sections that are carried out which will improve outcomes from mothers and their babies but also make better use of NHS resources. You can find out how the region is progressing this by clicking on the patient safety button.
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