Birth Voices East Blog
Updates on what we're doing and how your feedback is making a difference
Through feedback received from women regarding Antenatal care and preparation for labour and delivery, we have heard that women and their birth partners would feel more confident if they knew where they were going when they got to the hospital. Often this is the first time in a woman's life that she will need to visit a hospital, it is also a time when women may be feeling nervous, in pain and scared.
We raised that women would like to be able to see the Maternity Suite before labour and delivery in the April and July Birth Voices committee meetings.
It was explained that visits to the unit were difficult to accomodate due to infection control concerns and not knowing when there would be rooms available to show women and their partner's around.
We were also awaiting an update to the JPUH website before pictures or a video could be uploaded.
At a more recent meeting with JPUH we suggested a simple YouTube video that we could we link to on our page.
Since then, JPUH Head of Midwifery, Jayne, has set up a Facebook page 'JPUH Bumps, Babies and Mum's' and at our November Birth Voices meeting Pip, the Women's Experience Lead, came up with the idea of a #mannequinchallenge video for the Facebook site.
The video shows the new Central Delivery Suite, in the video you'll see a typical delivery room and some of the staff and equipment that you would expect to see in this part of the Maternity Suite.
We are looking forward to seeing future videos of the other areas within maternity at JPUH to help women and their birth partner to prepare for what they may find when they go to hospital.
Use the link or see the video on our Facebook page.