Your pregnancy, your midwife, your choice

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29 Nov

60 second with Dawn Saunders

We grabbed 60 seconds with Dawn, a MaMa (Mother and Midwife Assistant) who has worked for One to One Midwives in Essex since 2015.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

One minute a day in your diary looks fairly empty and by the end of the day it's full! (If only these babies would book in their birthday!)

What is your favourite thing about One to One?

That collectively we are all signed up to the same result and share passion and commitment to provide our families with the service they deserve and one we would all want for ourselves.

Why did you want to become a MaMA?

I’ve worked with families all my life, but I just wanted to get into homes of new parents as early as possible to offer my warmth and time to give support and reassurance to parents on their journey through birth and into parenthood. I love my job.

What is your proudest MaMA moment?

I get that feeling almost every day I visit a home so too tough to pin point - sorry!

What have you gained from working for One to One?

It's okay to think 'outside the box'.

If you were not a MaMA, what career would you have?

My early careers advisor suggested zoo keeper! So maybe baby animals and their mummy's??...

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Happiness

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Probably Dory the fish from the animated 'Finding Nemo' film. Because I'm always busy with my thoughts and life (colourful and crazy) and always saying 'just keep swimming, just keep swimming' to stay on top of my 'to do' lists.

People would be surprised to know….

I like the smell of bacon (I'm vegetarian!)

14 Dec

Personal Maternity Care Budget to be piloted in Liverpool

The 12th December 2016 saw the launch of the first pilot of the implementation of Personal Maternity Care Budgets by the Cheshire and Merseyside Pioneer. This is the first step in fulfilling one of the recommendations for the transformation of maternity services in the Better Births Report 2016. Better Births recommends that all women should have personalised care, centred on the woman, her baby and her family, based around their needs and their decisions, where they have genuine choice. Better Births also set out a vision that women should be able to choose the provider of their antenatal, birth and postnatal care and be in control of exercising those choices through their own NHS Personal Maternity Care Budget.

Initially the pilot is being rolled out by Liverpool Women’s Hospital with a handful of selected GP surgeries but the press launch has stated that other providers in the Pioneer will roll out PMCBs early in 2017. One to One Midwives, as a commissioned provider in Cheshire and Merseyside will be offered as a choice to women to use their PMCB but for One to One Midwives this will be ‘business as usual”.

One to One are already a choice option for women and their families – but what do One to One offer?

Quite simply One to One provides a service that is centred on the needs and choices of women and their families. We do this through our model of Continuity of Carer – every woman who books with One to One will be contacted by her named midwife and see her midwife for the vast majority of her antenatal visits.

One to One midwives see their women for 88% of their antenatal visits. 
One to One midwives attend 75% of the births of women that they know
One to One midwives see their women and babies for 80% of their postnatal visits.

This is what continuity of carer means to us.

What else can you expect from the One to One service?

As all care is based on your needs and choices, the number of visits is unlimited, both antenatally and postnatally and as well as face-to-face visits, you will also have access to your midwife 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone, text or email to discuss any concerns or advice that you may need.

The majority of visits take place in your own home, with the option to have your appointments in the evenings or at the weekend, which ensures that your partners can also participate in your care. One to One have three Pregnancy Advice Centres open in Cheshire and Merseyside and run local clinics and scan appointments out in the local community to ensure you have an additional choice of where to receive care, which will be as close to your home as possible.

One to One offers numerous social networking opportunities in our local community hubs and we also provide hypnobirthing and parent education and courses as standard.

We employ MaMAs (Mother and Midwife Assistants) to offer additional support in the antenatal as well as the postnatal period. Our MaMAs can support you with becoming more confident parents as well as providing you with practical advice and support regarding infant feeding and baby care.

Our midwives are trained to recognise and deal with any complications that occur and if necessary we can refer you to an obstetrician within a local hospital of your choice to ensure that you receive safe and appropriate care when needed.

If everything goes well with your pregnancy and you choose a homebirth, your One to One midwife will ensure that you have access to a pool (if you choose a waterbirth) and access to our KG Hynobirthing course, which can be booked directly via our One to One website.

After the birth your One to One midwife, with the support of your MaMA, will visit you at home as often as you need until at least 6 weeks after your baby has been born.

One to One Midwives are delivering what the pioneer is aiming to deliver across the rest of Cheshire and Merseyside in the future. If you want to know more about the One to One service or how you can access our care you can contact us via the following options:

o Send an enquiry via our website at: http://www.onetoonemidwives.org/enquiries 
o By telephone: 0330 3309 121
o Via your GP

To find out if One to One is available in your area, contact us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OnetoOneMidwives or using any of the above contact methods.

26 Jun

Campaign for a normal birth

As a case loading midwife I love being able to empower women and families to make informed decisions about their pregnancy, birth and care they receive during and after this time. One of the tools I like to use is the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) – Campaign for normal birth: Ten top tips for midwives.

Normal is specific to each individual and my aim as a caseloading midwife is to help women and their families have a positive experience during their pregnancy, labour and birth. The RCM’s Campaign for normal birth has information for both midwives and women and can be adapted to all care settings.

One of the ten top tips is “build her a nest” and this promotes the midwife/partner/woman creating a safe environment for the woman to birth in. Regardless of whether you are birthing at home, in a midwifery led unit or obstetric unit; certain aspects can be used to help support physiological labour in all settings.

Please find below the link to the RCM Campaign for normal birth website and a short poem I have created capturing “building a nest” in labour.

Your journey is starting and instincts kick in,
Peacefully find a dark place to relax in.
Warm and secure surrounded by love.
Allowing your hormones to blossom and bud.
Privacy and quiet you must be allowed,
In your nesting environment as calm as a cloud.
Feel the support that your body can do
Confidently ending your journey
Baby and you!!!!

http://www.rcmnormalbirth.org.uk/

Post by Sarah Jurd, One to One Midwife

24 Jan

What is hypnobirthing?

I often get funny looks when I discuss the concept of hypnobirthing with women and their partners. 'Were not that type of people' is a common answer when I discuss it, however what does hypnobirthing really involve and what 'type' of people is it for?

As a One to One midwife I have been trained to be a hypnobirthing practitioner. Hypnobirthing is not about hypnotising you or making you do things you have no control over. It is in fact the complete opposite. Hypnobirthing encourages you to take control of your birth experience through educating you about what to expect in labour (physiology) as well as teaching you techniques to manage your experience. Hypnobirthing involves self-hypnosis or deep relaxation which is practiced prior to birth and enables you to feel calm and in control when the time comes to birth your baby. We also encourage women and their partners to consider the importance of protecting the birth environment, which includes careful consideration of birth partners as well as environmental factors such as lighting and noise.

We are socialised to believe that birth is a frightening experience with many risks involved. Although there is no denying that sometimes situations arise that can affect the risk involved in a pregnancy/birth there is also no denying that our bodies are designed to birth our babies. Research suggests that the level of control felt by a woman during her birth is the main factor involved in her satisfaction with the experience. Hypnobirthing aims to empower women and their partners to believe in their bodies ability and if necessary to have the confidence to question their care.

In my experience as a One to One midwife I have found that being in attendance at births where hypnobirthing is being used is truly inspiring. Women who believe in their abilities and allow their bodies to take over the process as nature intends rather than allowing their mind to control the process.

So to answer the question of what type of person is hypnobirthing for, I would say any woman who wishes to listen to her body and trust it to birth her baby in a calm relaxed environment.

If this is you then ask your One to One midwife for more information and about availability in your area for the free hypnobirthing courses ran by our team. I promise, you won't regret it!

Post by Emma Healey (One to One midwife & Hypnobirthing practitioner)


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