A midwifery service that offers continuity of care by a named midwife and a small team throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period.
The team works in close partnership with specialist staff to give women and their partners all the support they need.
Families with additional needs or vulnerability may be followed up to 28 days after birth.
Women receive continuity of care from a small group of midwives for the whole perinatal period, which is considered gold standard in maternity.
This continuity helps create closer, more trusting relationships between families and their midwives.
Safety is also enhanced, as there is evidence of caseload midwifery being associated with improved birth outcomes.
Women receive all their perinatal care within the team, having a named midwife, a buddy midwife and the team including a maternity support worker to accompany them.
The team is on call for the births regardless of whether it happens at home, in the birth centre or in the traditional labour ward (within St Thomas’ Hospital).
You will receive your pregnancy labour/birth and postnatal care from your midwife and the team, getting to know each other well during the journey. You will be offered individualised care and will be well informed about your options for pregnancy, birth, and beyond.
You will have a direct phone line with your Midwife and team to ask questions and discuss concerns, but you will also have advice out of hours when in labour or in an emergency. We will be visiting you and baby within the LEAP area as well.
Due to the on-call nature of our work, we equally offer and request a certain degree of flexibility with appointment planning. We occasionally reschedule or send another Midwife from the team to your appointment: this is due to our commitment to be present at your labour and birth whenever possible.