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Improved information on fetal anomalies for parents – CDH

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An updated version of the leaflet Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH): information for parents has been published. This blog from The NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (FASP) explains more about the updated leaflet as well as its work with stakeholders to update parent information leaflets about the 11 conditions they screen for during a mid-pregnancy ultrasound scan.

Read the full blog post here

Download the leaflet here




New perinatal mental health mother and baby unit transforms care for mothers and babies in the South West

This case study looks at how Devon Partnership NHS Trust has opened its first of four new Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) in the country, funded by NHS England as part of a national transformation programme for perinatal mental health.

Read the full details here


National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network – update

PHE has published the Child Health Profile pdfs which present data across key health indicators of child health and wellbeing. The profiles provide an annual snapshot of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England and sit alongside an interactive version which is available for both local authorities and CCGs. They are designed to help local organisations understand the health needs of their community and work in partnership to improve health in their local area. Annual updates were also published for a number of pregnancy and birth indicators. The breastfeeding indicators have now been updated, including demographic information about mothers, caesarean sections, admissions of babies under 14 days as well as information about admissions for gastroenteritis and respiratory tract infections.


Who’s the bloke in the room? Fathers during pregnancy and at the birth in the UK (Fatherhood Institution)

This report, published by the Fatherhood Institute and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, details how expectant fathers in Britain are key influencers on maternal and infant health and wellbeing, including on pregnant women’s smoking, diet, physical activity and mental health, and on children’s later adjustment. The report recommends a more family-centred service that enrols expectant fathers in maternity services from ‘booking in’, records and responds to their health needs and behaviours, and which trains maternity staff to engage with them. The Fatherhood Institute calls on the NHS to include expectant and new fathers at all stages and inform them as thoroughly as it currently informs pregnant women and new mothers. The full report and an executive summary, are available along with other reports in the series, Contemporary Fathers in the UK: our review of research on British dads.

Ensuring all women receive their antenatal screening results (Public Health England)

This PHE blog explains how all women should receive the results of their antenatal screening tests regardless of the outcome of their pregnancy. This includes women who miscarry or terminate their pregnancy after they have been screened. The NHS Infectious Diseases in Pregnancy Screening Programme has developed a template letter for trusts to use for sending screening results to women who miscarry or choose to end the pregnancy.

Read the blog post with links to letter template here

Infant feeding: an interactive e-learning resource

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Infant feeding: an interactive e-learning resource for healthcare professionals to support education around the implementation of ‘Baby Friendly’ standards in infant feeding (e-Learning for Healthcare, NHS Health Education England) 

This e-learning programme is for healthcare professionals who have contact with pregnant women and new mothers, and has been produced by the Yorkshire and Humber group of the National Infant Feeding Network (NIFN).

It aims to provide information about the importance of building close and loving relationships with baby during pregnancy and following birth, as well as information around breast and bottle feeding.

Visit the e-Learning programme here