Maternity, Children and Young People Programme - June 2019

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Maternity update from Heather Johnstone, Programme Director for the Maternity Transformation Programme

In my last update, I told you about the exciting campaign launched by the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Maternity Transformation Programme aimed at raising awareness and destigmatising perinatal mental health issues. The video has been a huge success with over 500,000 views, helping to signpost people to the most appropriate place to get help when needed.

More information about perinatal mental health, support available locally and the wider campaign is available on Together We're Better's perinatal mental health web page here. We are also working alongside our partners in Shropshire to ensure a seamless approach to helping women and their families when experiencing perinatal mental health issues.

The Local Maternity System team is growing steadily with a newly appointed Lead Midwife for Transformation and also a Project Midwife for Continuity of Carer. Ensuring women have continuity of carer during all stages of their pregnancy and birth has been shown to improve outcomes for both mothers and babies. We are working with our main providers to explore ways to improve continuity of carer for all women. 

Across maternity services, work is progressing to enable all women to access their own notes electronically. Currently, most women can access their notes electronically (online) and we are working towards women being able to access and make their own additions to their notes.

Involving women and their families in decisions about maternity services is key to the quality and safety of a service. The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Maternity Transformation Programme, through the Local Maternity System has developed a Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) and we have successfully recruited 15 Maternity Champions to our MVP.  These meetings are invaluable in allowing women and their families to be directly involved in issues relating to maternity services and to have influence over the services that are provided locally within Staffordshire.

You can find out more about how to become a Maternity Champion here; while you can click here to find out how you can share your maternity story.