Calling All Community Midwives: #HowDoYouCarryYours?
Births in community settings, and community services in general, are gaining more attention as an option for some low risk mums (The Birthplace Study, 2014; NICE, 2014), and to support continuity of care for mums (Better Births, 2016). In addition, this year’s World Health Organisation’s “respectful maternity care” recommendation has meant that more women may now choose to give birth at home, even if they are higher-risk than the usual low-risk cohort.
Baby Lifeline have trained over 1,000 midwives and community midwives along with paramedics in the last 18 months, and found a common conversation on all courses was the lack of standardisation in what midwives carry to births in the community.
As a much-needed step towards standardisation, Baby Lifeline and its multi-professional panel of experts have devised a list of “essentials” and are now proudly working with the Royal College of Midwives to finalise and launch this project.
The project aims to create a gold standard of what should be carried by midwives in the community, as every mum and baby deserve the safest birth experience possible. The community birth bag will form the focus of Baby Lifeline’s fundraising campaign early next year.
We need to hear from as many community midwives as possible in order to ensure that the bag meets the needs of safe community practice, and also the practical needs of the people using it. We launched a social media campaign with the RCM in October – #HowDoYouCarryYours? Please feel free to be part of the social media conversation, and send us a picture of how you carry your community birth equipment!
Any and all opinion on this is essential for ensuring it meets the needs of mums, babies, and midwives; so, if you feel that you’re happy with your bag, not happy with your bag, kind of happy with your bag – we want to hear from you!