Implementing Better Births: Continuity of Carer

This guidance sets out how local maternity systems can improve their services so that women experience continuity in the clinicians providing their maternity care | NHS England

Continuity of care and relationship between care giver and receiver has been proven to lead to better outcomes and safety for the woman and baby, as well as offering a more positive and personal experience. It was also the single biggest request of women using maternity  services heard during the 2016 National Maternity Review report, ‘Better Births’.

This guidance outlines four main principles that will need to underpin the provision of continuity of carer models across the country:

1. Provide for consistency of the midwife and/or obstetrician who cares for a woman throughout the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods.

2. Include a named midwife who takes on responsibility for co-ordinating a woman’s care throughout the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods.

3. Enable the woman to develop an ongoing relationship of trust with her midwife

4. Where possible be implemented in both the hospital and community settings.

Full document: Implementing Better Births: Continuity of Carer

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Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in pregnancy

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published a new patient information leaflet Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in pregnancy and newborn babies.

This leaflet provides advice for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant about Group B Streptococcus infection in newborn babies.

Information covered in this leaflet:

  • What Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is and how it is found
  • What GBS could mean for your baby
  • Risk factors for GBS infection in newborn babies, and how the risk can be reduced
  • Information about testing for GBS
  • Treatment options
  • Options for labour and birth if you carry GBS
  • Signs of GBS infection in newborn babies
  • Information about breastfeeding
  • Further information that may be helpful