Monthly Archives: October 2015

The history of maternity care – knowing the journey matters

The starting point for this post is an article about birth, from The Guardian, in December 2014. It was published in response to the updated clinical guideline NICE CG190 Intrapartum Care – care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth.

The Guardian article:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/03/hospital-childbirth-misconception-home-reversing-nice-guidelines

We talked about this article on the #MatExp Facebook group in September this year. This is an edited version of what I said in reply to concerns there that the tone of the article might be seen as offensive towards the medical profession: Continue reading

NICE CG190 #IPCare cup of tea challenge!

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Calling all midwives, maternity lay advocates, doulas, obstetricians and other doctors concerned with birth, and students too! And commissioners and Clinical Commissioning Group clinical advisers too – so important.

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You need to read the recommendations. Really, you do.

Because after that we’re going to do the updated chapters of the full guideline, chapter by chapter.

It’s fun. And it’s important.

Take the cup of tea challenge!

Cup of Tea

One hour

Read the NICE #IPCare recs Link here

Tweet something!              #IPCareTea

Catherine Williams@BerksMaternity #MatExp #mslc

MSLCs – new Department of Health guidelines coming soon

Great news that the 2006 Department of Health MSLC guidelines are being updated – publication of the new guidelines expected soon. Reflecting on where we are now, with thanks to Midirs for permission to post, here is my article from April 2015 on MSLCs.

What are MSLCs? How do they work? What do they contribute in maternity?  Also includes some thoughts on the experience of being a NICE Lay Member (Intrapartum Care, CG190, 2014)

Essentially Midirs April 2015 – Collaborative Working – MSLCs

(Download pdf)