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Survey seeking ideas for antenatal care in the community launched

Mums are being urged to help health chiefs refresh the information given out during pregnancy so it is more targeted to their needs.

[aoa id=”1″]Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board is working in partnership with Swansea University to help plan and implement the way future antenatal information is provided. They have created a survey to enable women to give their feedback and opinion on the type of information that was most beneficial for them.[/aoa]

Current antenatal classes are attended by many women but only a small number of those who attend then give birth in the ABM area. Midwives and consultants are looking at ways the information provided can be improved.

Following a full review of community maternity services, ABMU is re-assessing all systems and structures to improve women’s experiences.

During the review, four areas are being focused on including maximising the continuity of carer,which will give women the opportunity to get to know their named midwife well.

We want to ensure women are receiving good quality, evidence-based antenatal information in a suitable format from books, leaflets, apps and website as well as directly from their midwife on a one-to-one basis.

What women want to know and how they wish to receive information is very personal and can vary from woman to woman.

We will also be examining IT systemsto establish how technology can support the improvement of women’s care and experience.

Ensuring women can make informed decisions regarding choice of birth placefrom home births to midwife-led units (MLU) and labour wards is also important.

Consultant Midwife Sarah Fox said:

We know that sometimes women can feel that information giving in pregnancy can feel rushed at a midwife appointment or through leaflets or attending classes.

“We want to improve our care in this area, but we need your help by completing this survey.

“The survey will be open for the next four weeks to please take 10 minutes, this information is invaluable.”

You can complete this survey here, https://swanseachhs.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eUHdq2sXLkiAY8l