Maternity Continuity of Carer

As a new expectant mum, it will be important to you to feel you have someone to talk to and listen to how you may be feeling, someone to share your journey with, Midwives who know you and are able to build a relationship with you based on trust and professionalism.

At SaTH we know this and aim to offer a range of services keeping individual women centred needs at the forefront of your care. We offer a range of birth settings in the community, at home, and if you require it in the consultant unit.

Currently our community has a free standing birthing unit and a new exciting alongside birthing unit. Our community midwives offer antenatal and postnatal care with a named midwife and a buddy, offering flexibility into other core teams.

Others services include Continuity of Carer where you will be cared for by a team of six to eight midwives with a named midwife allocated to your care. This midwife and her team will follow you throughout your pregnancy from booking to delivery and into early days of parenthood. Building a relationship which ensures you will know the midwife who will be with you at birth. We know from research that this model of care leads to improved outcomes and improves safety for women and their babies, it provides a more positive, personalised experience for all involved.

For information regarding Maternity Care during the coronavirus outbreak please visit our Maternity FAQ Page.

What is it?

Continuity of Carer is where you are cared for by a team of six to eight midwives with a named midwife allocated to your care. This midwife and her team will follow you throughout your pregnancy from booking to delivery and into early days of parenthood. Building a relationship which ensures you will know the midwife who will be with you at birth. You can view a video about Continuity of Carer below. Thank you to Worcestershire Trust for allowing us to share this.

Where has it come from?

The Better Births report of the National Maternity Review, the Five Year Forward View for NHS Maternity services in England which are safe and personalised. A vision that puts the needs of the woman, her baby and family at the heart of care; with staff who are supported to deliver high quality care which is continuously improving. At the heart of this vision is the ambition that women should have continuity of the person looking after them during their maternity journey, before, during and after the birth. This continuity of care and relationship between care giver and receiver has been shown to lead to better outcomes and safety for the woman and baby, as well as offering a more positive and personal experience.

What are the benefits?

Evidence shows that continuity models improve safety and outcomes. In particular, it shows that women who had midwife-led continuity models of care were

  • 7x more likely to know the midwife that attends their birth
  • Less likely to lose their baby
  • Less likely to lose their baby before 24 weeks
  • Less likely to have regional analgesia
  • Less likely to experience pre-term birth
  • Less likely to have an episiotomy

The ongoing relationship between a woman and her midwife enables the midwife to provide care with greater empathy, provides women with a greater sense of control, and reduces any stress and anxiety felt by the woman (NHSE, 2017). It is built on trust and gives the woman the confidence to be open with her midwife and helps the midwife to identify and manage risks.

As a new expectant mum we know your care is important to you, we know you will have many questions that you want answering. You will need time to talk, share concerns and be listened to be a team of midwives who know your care needs. Continuity of Carer helps provide you with all of these.

For more information please see our Continuity of Carer Team Page.