The NHS in North West (NW) London are handing out a new information booklet ‘After your baby’s birth’ to women when they leave hospital after giving birth.
The booklet, which has been welcomed and supported by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), was developed following feedback from mums, midwives, and maternity specialists that the information currently being provided to women is inconsistent, out of date and often poorly explained.
Often when a women leaves hospital, there is a lot of information given verbally or on poorly photocopied sheets of paper. This new booklet allows new mums to take home the expert advice in a clear form, which they can read with it suits them. All content is based on the latest evidence and research in maternity care and is set to be used nationally.
Mums and families will benefit through receiving:
- Access to all the key information needed after having a baby; including local contact numbers and information on mental health, newborn feeding and follow-up care for mum;
- clear, simple explanations for the common and concerning issues related to a women’s physical health and wellbeing and that of her baby.
Pippa Nightingale, Chief Nurse, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said:
“This booklet is the result of extensive and collaborative work across the maternity sector in NW London to limit the variation in quality of care and experiences for all women. We are really exciting for mums and families to be receiving this booklet on their journey into parenthood.”
Elizabeth Duff, Senior Policy Adviser of the NCT said:
“‘After your baby’s birth’ has some great stuff in it for parents’ early days. Our ‘Support Overdue’ report (2017) showed that the postnatal period can be difficult for man mums and dads. New mothers described being ‘on the receiving end of conflicting advice or information’ on things like feeding, caring for their baby, and caring for themselves.
This new booklet gives clear and helpful advice and we’re please to see it’s available in several languages. We also welcome the section on emotional and mental health, which includes information on how to get help.”
A copy of the booklet can be found on the Healthier North West London website and is also available in Arabic and Guajarati, with further translations to follow.