Midwifery teams are reshaping the way maternity services are delivered across Teesside and North Yorkshire.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is rolling out a new way of working that will see the same midwives caring for mums-to-be before, during and after their baby’s birth.
The continuity of carer initiative will see a small team of midwives following pregnant women through every step of their journey, building strong relationships with them and their families and providing seamless support from booking through to labour and postnatal care.
“Women might have a really good relationship with their community midwife but then as soon as they go into labour and their adrenalin is up they meet a midwife or obstetrician they have never met before, but not anymore,” said project lead and midwife Lucy Findlay.
“For the first time midwives are going to be working across the whole division. They will follow the patient rather than staffing a unit, supporting women through their whole journey.
“It will be really rewarding for our midwives to see patients from eight weeks all the way through to postnatal and to build that relationship up.
“We’ll see them at their home, meet their family and really get to know them as a person.
“This means they will always have a midwife that they know and trust, rather than seeing a different face at every appointment.”
First to benefit from the new scheme will be Middlesbrough mums-to-be registered with GP surgeries in the TS3 postcode area.
They will be cared for by the trust’s first continuity of carer team – Primrose Team – which officially launches on Monday 26 October 2020.
The new model will then be gradually rolled out across South Tees, Hambleton and Richmondshire, to benefit all local mums-to-be.