Midwives, obstetricians, anaesthetists and theatre staff at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust worked collaboratively with members of the Maternity Services Liaison Committee (‘Birth Voices’) to produce this film showing a “baby friendly Caesarean Birth”.
The film was inspired by the experience of a woman giving birth at another Trust who was told she couldn’t have delayed cord clamping or skin to skin when she had her baby by elective Caesarean Section. The midwives felt they had to do something to empower women, midwives and medical staff to challenge and change this.
The film builds on the research that Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells has already conducted and published on skin-to-skin contact in the operating theatre after elective Caesarean Section and its impact on increasing breastfeeding rates at 48 hours and six weeks. This research was published in the British Journal of Midwifery in January 2016.
This information was provided by the team at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in April 2016.