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