Birth Trauma Awareness Week – 1st – 8th July
Each year many women experience a traumatic birth experience which can have a long-lasting impact on their health. Birth trauma can be both physical and mental and can also affect partners. This week birth trauma associations and support groups have been highlighting the impact of birth trauma. A new website has been launched - www.makebirthbetter.org - for women and their partners to find information throughout their pregnancy and share stories. It also has resources for care providers giving good practice examples.
A video has also been released from the UK Birth Trauma Association. In it Vice President of the RCOG Dr Alison Wright highlights the causes, symptoms and treatments for birth trauma and discusses what those who provide the care can do to help prevent it.
Refining standards of maternal-fetal care - Report
Health care professionals at Northwestern medicine in the US are working together to advance research in maternal-fetal medicine. obstetricians, neonatologists, psychiatrists plus biomedical engineers, pharmacologists and developmental psychologists are all collaborating on research. This article outlines some of their work including:
Happy 70th Birthday to the NHS
This week marks the celebrations for the 70th birthday of the NHS. Over the last 70 years Maternity teams have helped to deliver more than 50 millions babies. Over that period there has been significant progress in maternity care: