Jill Palmer – Registered Midwife Calderdale & Huddersfield Trust – 08/04/2020
Great to see such a positive approach to birth and an obvious commitment to empowering through informing. Good work! Thank you
Gill Houghton – Consultant Midwife Liverpool Womens
The Liverpool Women’s Hospital has on average 8,000 births per annum and covers a wide area of differing communities, each with their own needs and priorities. For a variety of reasons reaching pregnant women from these communities has always been a challenge. Whilst aware of these challenges, we have never had the capacity to address them in a way that was cohesive and conformed with our existing antennal education programme. When Zoe Wright from the Real Birth Company approached me with details of their innovative multilingual on- line training workshop I could immediately see the benefits such a programme could bring to the Liverpool Women’s current maternity service.
I found the programme to be well researched, evidence based and written in a style that would be easy for anyone to follow and most importantly these days, accessible by computer, tablet and phone. The graphics and video clips are informative and definitely add to the enjoyment of the programme and where appropriate they are culturally respectful providing all women with an understanding of the physiology of birth. The programme has the ability to reach many more women than we can using our existing antenatal education model and the fact it has already been written in four languages with more to come means we now have the ability to provide the majority of women with an understanding of birth and the positive choices that can be made prior to starting labour.
Taking part in the pilot project has given the LINK and Midwifery teams opportunity to assess the feasibility of providing this resource to women in our local population within the context of their usual practice and so far, results have been encouraging. Participants in the trial have been asked to complete the anonymous online survey built in at the end of the course so we can monitor latent phase admissions, use of analgesia in labour and whether the programme has contributed to a positive birth experience. This information will then be evaluated to see what impact the programme has had on patient care, patient safety, quality of service, decision making and cost savings.