Expectant mums urged to access NHS services as usual during pandemic
The consultant midwife for Norfolk and Waveney has praised NHS maternity teams for continuing to provide high quality care during coronavirus, and urged expectant families to continue to come forward for routine checks and urgent advice.
Amanda Price-Davey praised her colleagues who have worked tirelessly to come up with innovative ways to carry on delivering services in the safest way possible.
She said: "We have started to use video and teleconferencing systems so that we are able to see and speak to women and families safely, we have moved most of our community services out of GP surgeries and into community hubs and we are working closely with our Maternity Voice Partnership teams across the region to make sure we are building the services around our families and their needs at this critical time.”
Health leaders are concerned that both fear of contracting the virus and also a desire not to over burden the NHS, is leading to some women not attending routine appointments, or not getting in touch with their midwife or maternity team as quickly as they usually would with any concerns.
Ms Price-Davey, said: “As mums and midwives both know, when a baby is ready to be born, he or she will not wait. So, while NHS staff have been pulling out all the stops to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, our midwives and their colleagues have also continued to work around the clock to support birthing mothers and expectant families through a really uncertain time.
“If you’re expecting or recently had a baby and are concerned in any way at all, I want you to know that the NHS is still here for you and has gone to great lengths to ensure you and your baby’s safety during your pregnancy and during anytime you spend with us at one of the hospitals."
“During the course of your pregnancy you will get to know your baby’s normal pattern of movements and if these have changed or are less than they were before or you are worried in any way, please contact your midwife or your maternity unit for advice in the way that you normally would. If you’re advised to come in for a planned or urgent check, it’s really important that you attend.”