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Continuity of carer

 

What is Continuity of Carer?

Continuity of Carer is a nationally recommended model that means you will have a named midwife, with the support of a small team, who will work together to provide all of your care during your pregnancy, birth and after your baby is born.

This means you are much more likely to have the same midwife throughout, who you get to know and have a trusting relationship with.

Why have we introduced this?

Continuity of Carer is a national recommendation set out in the Better Births National Maternity Review, and it is the most requested wish from women and their families in our area when asked "what could be done better?"
Evidence from a number of studies tells us that providing continuity of carer improves outcomes for mothers, families and their babies. Therefore the maternity services at the James Paget Hospital launched it’s first wave of continuity teams on 1 February 2021, with a plan to continue roll out to ensure that, by the end of the year, all women and families in this area will be cared for in this way.

Meet our Continuity Teams…

Sapphire, Opal and Rose Quartz teams are pictured below.

For more details about each of our teams, please see the documents at the bottom of the page.

Maternity Continuity Of Care - Sapphire team - midwives in blue uniforms outside a beige brick building with the NHS logo on it

Continuity Of Care - Opal Team - midwives in blue uniforms pictured on and around a staircase

Continuity Of Care - Rose Quartz Team - a group of midwives in a room with a large pink wall with 'Rose Quartz' written on it

“Knowing my midwife before I saw her in labour made such a difference! Then I was happy and surprised to see her again the next day, I felt relieved not having to re explain my situation every time.”

All of our staff are working really hard to support the roll out of this model of care, which we should be able to offer to all by the end of the year. Three community hubs have been launched in support of this, where you will see your midwife when under the continuity model; the Nelson Medical Centre in Great Yarmouth, Kirkley Mill Campus in Lowestoft and the Consortium in Halesworth.

If you have any questions around this please speak to your community midwife.

To read more, please view our previous articles regarding continuity of care;

Maternity team launches 'Continuity of Carer' (jpaget.nhs.uk)

Volunteers join continuity of care midwifery teams (jpaget.nhs.uk)

Six months of our Continuity model (jpaget.nhs.uk)

Continuity of Carer celebrates its first year of operation