Maternity, children and young people services cover a wide range of different services, such as antenatal care, support during and after birth, neonatal care, community and hospital paediatric services, GP services for parents and children and mental health services for parents and children.
What we know
- We need to work together across health and social care to develop a local response to the “Better Births” National Maternity Review and ensure services are safer, more personalised, kind, professional and more family friendly.
- Ensure women at risk of premature delivery receive the right care in the right place at the right time leading up to the birth of their child.
- We need to improve services for Vulnerable Children (including Looked After Children)
What we are trying to achieve
Deliver safe, kind, family friendly, personalised care with improved outcomes for children, young people and families.
- To reduce the numbers of stillbirths and neonatal deaths by 20% in 2021 and 50% in 2025
- Achieve 20% of women receiving continuity of carer during pregnancy
- Increase access to specialist perinatal mental health services
- Continue working in a multi-disciplinary way across the Local Maternity System (LMS)
What we have done so far
When we identified that, across Coventry and Warwickshire, local Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services were disjointed, impacting on the mental health and wellbeing of looked after children, we worked to commission a single service and treatment pathway to support looked after children, with the aim of improving their mental health and wellbeing.
In July 2017, we spoke to over 100 new and expectant mothers who attended an event as part of a holistic educational programme which promoted parent/baby health, as well as highlighting the potential risks of co-sleeping. We worked in partnership with three local hospitals, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust and two local authorities and the Baby Box producer to organise and host this event and support the work of local health visitors and family nurses, who play a pivotal role in providing education, support and advice to families from the birth of their baby until the child starts school.