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Through Pregnancy and Beyond: Exploring continuity of care

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City Training Services

39-41 Chapel Street



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Better Start Bradford invites you to be a part of our upcoming shared learning event. Our focus of this event is the importance continuity of care throughout pregnancy and beyond.

Better start Bradford quarterly networking events are for our multi-sectoral workforce; who are all a part of the early childhood development field. The aim for all the shared learning events are to share learning around current hot topics. Hearing from leading experts about the latest research and evidence from policy to practice. For the upcoming event we endeavour to put a spotlight on continuity models of relationship-based care in the perinatal period.

Our keynote speakers are both very passionate and will share with the audience their learning, current practice and the impact on expectant and young families;

Annie Francis, midwife and CEO Neighbourhood Midwives

Annie qualified as a midwife in 1998, after the birth of her four children, and then worked as a self-employed, independent midwife providing continuity of care for over fifteen years.

Since 2010, alongside their clinical practice, Annie and a small group of midwives have followed their dream of creating a midwifery organisation to be commissioned to provide the same care within the NHS. The result is Neighbourhood Midwives, an employee-owned social enterprise with a strong set of values based on improving access and achieving positive outcomes for families through relationship-based care. In November 2016 NM successfully launched their first NHS service in Waltham Forest as one of the Pioneers in the Maternity Transformation Programme (MTP) implementing the recommendations of the 2016 Better Births report.

Neighbourhood Midwives have worked closely with the Waltham Forest clinical commissioning group (CCG) to develop this service in an area that offered little choice to women - no caseload teams and very few homebirths. They have recently had their first anniversary with their 100th baby born just in time to be a part of the celebrations. 53 of those babies have been born at home and 81% of all their births have been with the woman’s known midwife.

All the evidence shows that continuity of carer is the best way to ensure safe care and improved outcomes for women and their babies. Women love knowing that on the day they go into labour their midwife will be there and midwives get huge job satisfaction working in this way.

Aliya Fazil, Project manager for Bradford Doulas

Aliya Fazil has been involved with the Bradford doulas project from the very beginning. Doulas is a good example of a relationship-based model, whereby a good relationship between the volunteer doula and expectant/new mum is pivotal in providing a tailored support package for the mum and baby.

Doula is the Greek word for wise-woman. Acting as a ‘professional friend’, volunteer doulas help women to make positive choices, accompany them to appointments, provide practical support at the birth, build positive relationships with other services and offer emotional support.

Bradford Doulas project supports women to make the best choices for themselves and their babies, helping them to achieve a positive birth experience and building their knowledge to enable them to make informed decisions about childbirth, nutrition and breastfeeding. Support from volunteer doulas can also connect families into network of other support services.

If you work or volunteer with families who are pregnant or have children under four or are a parent yourself, then we would love to see you there.

Further information

Our Shared Learning Event is taking place on Thursday 22 February at City Training Services in Bradford. To enable more of you to be there, we will be having two sessions, first an afternoon and
the second an early evening on the same date. Please choose which one you will be attending when booking your place.

Drinks and light lunch will be available for you from 12.00pm, whilst you sign in, network and have time to visit the information stands. Drinks and buffet will be available for you for the evening session from 5.30pm, whilst you sign in and network.

To help us host you well with resources, seating and catering, please book you place by Thursday 15 Feb 2018. You are welcome to forward this email invite to your colleagues, friends and families too. Those working within the Better Start Bradford area and Better Start Bradford parents will be prioritised.

Who else will be there?

Through our Better Start Bradford Learning Together events (shared learning events and knowledge cafes) we aim to provide on-going networking and informal learning opportunities for our Better Start Bradford workforce. These opportunities are open to all those working with families with under-4s or expecting babies, community leaders and families wanting to learn more. You’ll find below info on these opportunities, plus resources, research and ideas.

Do you need a crèche?

Are you a parent / carer living in the Better Start Bradford area? if yes, we would love for you to attend our event. There are crèche facilities available on the first session (12noon-3pm) on advance booking only. The deadline for all creche requests is Thursday 1 February 2018. If you would like to know more please call Zakra Yasin 01274 723146.

How do I get there? Is there any parking?

There is parking available in City Training Conference Centre car park. This is free for network event delegates on a first come first served basis. To access the car park turn left at the top of Chapel Street and the entrance is on your left. The barrier will open as you drive up to it and you will require a token to exit.

The venue is a 2 minute walk away from the Broadway Shopping Centre (Westfield Development). See the map below provided by the CTCC for options of route.

There is also on street parking available, which is pay at the meter. Burnett Street car park is opposite the conference centre car park and charges £4 for a full day.

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