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.