As part of the Better Births Initiative, we have been working with midwives and maternity units to understand how design thinking approaches can be applied to maternity care.
“Most women, in every country across the world, would prefer to give birth as physiologically as possible. For most women and babies, this is also the safest way to give birth, and to be born, wherever the birth setting. If routine interventions are eliminated for healthy women and babies, resources will be freed up for the extra staff, treatments and interventions that are needed when a laboring woman and her baby actually need help. This will ensure optimal outcomes for all women and babies, and sustainable maternity care provision overall.”
Vlora Hindley, the team leader for the Best Beginnings service based in Greenwich and Lewisham Trust. They specialise in supporting women who suffer from mental health problems, providing one to one care for the continuum of carer.
Donna Ockenden is a member of the Maternity Bereavement Experience Measure (MBEM) project team.
Describing the time a parent came to the service about a baby loss that took place 19 years ago, Donna Ockenden explains how they pieced together what had happened. They also worked with a multidisciplinary team to put support in place held a memorial service.
Cheryl Titherly from Sands gives more information on the range of supporting resources for professionals considering improvements in maternity bereavement experience. In addition to the Maternity Bereavement Experience Measure (MBEM), there are also results from surveys, the Bereavement Care Network, and the Guidelines for Professionals.