The changing demographics of the maternity population have driven complexity and risk in maternity care. In this video, Dr Daghni Rajasingam, Head of Service and Consultant Obstetrician, and Geraldine Joyce, Safeguarding Lead and Midwife at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, discuss the challenges that supporting vulnerable patients can present to maternity services.
Midwifery 2020 has set out to develop an informed vision of the contribution midwives will make to achieving quality, cost-effective maternity services for women, babies and families across the United Kingdom.
This report summarises the Vulnerable in Pregnancy (VIP) project. VIP was developed from the drug liaison midwifery service in partnership with addiction and social work staff. Families for whom there was concern were identified at an early stage of pregnancy. Staff worked closely together to share information about vulnerable women. They assessed risks and needs of families. Staff planned well together and women had an individualised pregnancy plan to support them.
The maternity team at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust share how they have improved maternity safety – through the improved recognition and management of high-risk women/babies and improvement in staff communication.
Understanding the patient safety issues for some vulnerable groups of women known to be at higher risk of maternal death or morbidity
This literature scoping review was commissioned by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) as part of a project to determine any specific patient safety issues for vulnerable women known to be at higher risk of maternal death or morbidity.