Community Midwives have predominantly carried and been responsible for their own homebirth bags when attending women in labour at home. However, this has inevitably meant that every midwife frequently has a different bag, laid out in a different way, possibly with slightly different equipment.
Following an audit, it was also identified that stock was not being rotated to ensure best use, and often equipment was expiring before it was able to be used. There was also no audit trail of homebirth equipment being checked on a regular basis.
The steps to making every homebirth safe
Rather than every midwife having an individualised bag, a Trust can purchase a set amount of standardised homebirth bags – kept in various locations – the labour ward, community hubs etc – that can be accessed on a ‘need’ basis rather than being carried individually in the boot of a car.
Midwives when attending a homebirth can pick up one of these standardised bags to take with them, and then re-stock it from the checklist once returned following the birth. Bags can be signed in and out for audit purposes and because there would be a set amount of these bags, stock would be used prior to its expiration date.
Join the many who have helped raise in excess of £14 million to date
With support from people like you across the UK, Baby Lifeline has raised in excess of £14 million to purchase vital equipment for maternity and special care units.
However, it is a sad fact that even with the advances in medical care and science today, that on average 14 babies are still born or pass away within their first 4 weeks of life in the UK.
This Mother's Day, you can help change that statistic.
How can you get involved?
In addition to 10% of your Philip Kingsley order value* going towards this wonderful charity, you can also help save more lives by donating in these 3 simple ways: