From NHS Midwife, to Neighbourhood Midwife to Independent Midwife – My lessons in continuity

Well what a wild ride this last year has been. I haven’t actually written a thing on here since my post 3 months in with Neighbourhood Midwives and, as you may well know, we closed on 31st January this year. I have often opened my laptop to start writing but have had a bit of … Continue reading From NHS Midwife, to Neighbourhood Midwife to Independent Midwife – My lessons in continuity

Rachel’s Story: Mother of 3 and Newly Qualified Midwife In A Caseload Model

Hi, my name is Rachel. I am a mother of three ages 11,8,3. I qualified as a midwife in September 2018 and started work as a caseloading midwife the same month. There are many reasons I chose to work within this model, one of which was the flexibility it offers, this is achieved because I … Continue reading Rachel’s Story: Mother of 3 and Newly Qualified Midwife In A Caseload Model

A Student Midwife’s Experience of Post Traumatic Stress & The Healing Power of Caseload Midwifery

My story of post traumatic stress triggered after a difficult day on placement, the subsequent difficulty of accessing the right help and diagnosis and finally the profound impact of the continuity of support received as a student from a team of caseload midwives. How love, support and encouragement from likeminded midwives aided my healing and made me the midwife I am today.

How Do We Implement Continuity of Carer?

This is a plea for those who have successfully implemented continuity of carer to get in touch. We have all the literature, government and health policy and union support to start continuity, but how exactly can we start something ourselves? I think inspiration would be helpful from those who have done this already to help others see how achievable it is.

Discussion of Risk: How Continuity of Carer Impacts Womens Choices

It is a woman’s human right to make choices about her care (NMC, 2015, Birthrights, 2013) and women must be provided with the information they need to make an informed choice (NMC, 2009), including discussing risks and benefits of the options available to women, which is both the legal and professional responsibility of midwives and obstetricians (The Supreme Court, 2015). It is important to be aware that the way in which risk is discussed can exaggerate risks (Van Wagner, 2016) and that lack of adequate time and follow up when discussing risks with women during pregnancy can direct care towards interventions (Van Wagner, 2016). The provision of relational continuity can counteract this and is shown to improve outcomes for women with perceived risk factors (Sandall et al 2016).

A Caseload Midwife’s Experience Of Being On The Receiving End Of Continuity Of Carer

Chloe Mulholland - Midwife and Hypnobirthing Teacher tells us about her experience of pregnancy with the added insight of having also worked as a caseload midwife, so knowing how important this model of care is. She shares the anxieties she felt knowing this model of care wasn't offered at her local trust and then the impact that continuity had on her pregnancy and birth.

Why Continuity Matters: 1993 to 2017

The evidence for the benefits of continuity of care during pregnancy, birth and during the postnatal period, for both women and midwives is strong (Sandall 2014, Sandall et al 2016a, 2016b, Forster 2016) and repeatedly highlighted in government publications both nationally (Department of Health [DoH] 1993, 2007, 2010, NMR 2016) and internationally (WHO, 2016), it is recommended by both midwifery (RCM 2016) and obstetric trade unions (RCOG 2011), and is within the recommended guidelines for maternity care (NICE 2016, 2017a, 2017b) yet it is still not available in the large majority of the UK.