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Exploring continuity of care

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Date & time:

Thu 22 Feb 2018
12:00-3:00pm or 5:30pm-8:30pm


City training Services, 39-41 Chapel Street, Little Germany, Bradford BD1 5BY

Aimed at:

Families with babies
Expectant parents
Anyone working with families

About the event:

Better Start Bradford held its first shared learning event of 2018. The focus of this event was the importance continuity of care throughout pregnancy and beyond. The event put the spotlight on continuity models of relationship-based care in the perinatal period.

Our keynote speakers very passionately shared their learning, current practice and the impact of a relationship-based approach on expectant and young families;

Meet our speakers; 

Annie Francis, Midwife and CEO, Neighbourhood Midwives

Annie qualified as a midwife in 1998, after the birth of her four children, and then worked as a self-employed, independent midwife providing continuity of care for over fifteen years.

Since 2010, alongside their clinical practice, Annie and a small group of midwives have followed their dream of creating a midwifery organisation to be commissioned to provide the same care within the NHS. The result is Neighbourhood Midwives, an employee-owned social enterprise with a strong set of values based on improving access and achieving positive outcomes for families through relationship-based care. In November 2016 NM successfully launched their first NHS service in Waltham Forest as one of the Pioneers in the Maternity Transformation Programme (MTP) implementing the recommendations of the 2016 Better Births report.

Neighbourhood Midwives have worked closely with the Waltham Forest clinical commissioning group (CCG) to develop this service in an area that offered little choice to women – no caseload teams and very few homebirths. They have recently had their first anniversary with their 100th baby born just in time to be a part of the celebrations. 53 of those babies have been born at home and 81% of all their births have been with the woman’s known midwife.

All the evidence shows that continuity of carer is the best way to ensure safe care and improved outcomes for women and their babies. Women love knowing that on the day they go into labour their midwife will be there and midwives get huge job satisfaction working in this way.

Aliya Fazil, Project Manager for Bradford Doulas

Aliya Fazil has been involved with the Bradford doulas project from the very beginning. Doulas is a good example of a relationship-based model, whereby a good relationship between the volunteer doula and expectant/new mum is pivotal in providing a tailored support package for the mum and baby.

Doula is the Greek word for wise-woman. Acting as a ‘professional friend’, volunteer doulas help women to make positive choices, accompany them to appointments, provide practical support at the birth, build positive relationships with other services and offer emotional support.

Bradford Doulas project supports women to make the best choices for themselves and their babies, helping them to achieve a positive birth experience and building their knowledge to enable them to make informed decisions about childbirth, nutrition and breastfeeding. Support from volunteer doulas can also connect families into network of other support services.

Did you miss the event? have a read through the presentation slides; 


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