The maternity service for County Durham and Darlington is
rolling out a new way of working from this month that will mean
mums to be will have the same midwife caring for them in pregnancy,
during and after their baby's birth.
The continuity of carer initiative will be piloted in Stanley,
County Durham,where pregnant ladies will have one of a small team
of midwives caring for them through every step of their
journey. Each lady will also have a second 'buddy'
Amy Matthews, continuity of carer team lead & project
midwife, at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust,
explains, "The project is part of a national drive to improve birth
outcomes for families and their new babies and there are huge
advantages to women in having continuity of carer during
pregnancy. They and their families can get to know their
named midwife and develop a strong relationship with them. A
trusting relationship makes it easier and more likely they'll raise
any worries or problems they're experiencing that could impact them
or their baby - crucial to identifying concerns early.
"While women will have a single midwife leading their care,
their 'buddy' midwife will step in when their colleague can't be
with them for whatever reason.
"The new scheme will apply whether the baby is planned to be
born in hospital or at home. The team we've established - The
Infinity Team - is made up of experienced midwives from both a
community and hospital background, plus a maternity care assistant,
and myself. We already work closely with GP practices in
Stanley, some of whom will be involved in the pilot. We'll
also continue working closely with health visitors and, in most
cases, will still transfer care to them at between 10-14 days after
the baby is born. We're very excited about the pilot
which will, in time, be extended across County Durham and
Darlington community midwifery teams - we hope it will bring many
benefits for families and their babies."
Published 2nd Oct 2020
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