Baby Lifeline’s work to support the maternity sector to ensure the best outcome possible from pregnancy and birth, particularly focuses on specialist maternity CPD training. It is developed and delivered by frontline professionals for frontline professionals.
Feedback came from midwives attending Baby Lifeline’s immensely popular Childbirth Emergencies in the Community course staged for community midwives and paramedics attending home births, as well as from a community midwives’ national survey, outlining that a significant 40% said their bag did not meet all their needs. (Read more about the background of the project.)
Baby Lifeline assembled an expert working group to develop a standardised home delivery bag and contents for community midwives. It also recognised the need for clear processes to keep equipment and supplies stocked and up to date. The bags will be on sale to others after a satisfactory trial later on this year.
The bag and contents will be trialled by ten trusts, (nine UK NHS trusts and Jersey Maternity Hospital) from April – The NHS Trusts are Barts Health NHS Trust; Hywel Dda University Health Board; Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Medway NHS Foundation Trust; North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, partners City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
British TV stars Linda Bassett (Calendar Girls, Call the Midwife and Lark Rise to Candleford) and Leonie Elliott (Black Mirror, Call the Midwife and Danny and The Human Zoo) joined representatives from each trust to launch the trial. View the photos from the press launch.
If you would like more information about the community midwives bag please email firstname.lastname@example.org