Service shake-up for Notts mums-to-be

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MUMS-TO-BE in Notts will have a new phone line printed on the back of pregnancy kits to get direct access to maternity services.

NHS bosses in Notts are changing the way mums are supported while they are pregnant, as well as during and after the birth.

An extra £1.5m a year is being spent on improving services to ensure people in all areas of the county can get the same levels of support.

Concerns had been raised that Notts mums were dealt with by too many people during pregnancy and did not know who to go to for help.

Under the proposals, every pregnant woman will be assigned a named midwife who will co-ordinate their care and deal with any problems.

A phone line will be printed on the back of pregnancy tests across the county – giving access to pregnancy advice and other services.

Previously, most mums would have been referred to services by their GP, though some were reluctant to do so.

... The planned changes include creating a separate area in labour wards for women with relatively simple and low-risk pregnancies.

It is hoped they will have a calmer, more relaxing labour as a result and will be less likely to need specialist help.

... New midwives have been recruited to help put the plans into action and ensure women have more choice about where they give birth ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448