❤️Before I start I’d like to thank Soo Downe for using this photo of me with my pinards in her slides during this years EMA ❤️ & thanks to Jacque Gerrard RCM for letting me know.
Hello , are you a midwife ? Have you ever heard or said any of the following sentences ?
“I’m coming in the office for a few minutes , they don’t want me in there all the time”
“I’ll leave you in peace for a while – you don’t need me here all the time”
“I’m giving them some time to themselves whilst she’s in the early stages”
There is evidence and research to prove unanimously that women who have continuous one to one care have less pain relief , more incidence of normal birth , less perineal trauma and feel more positive about their birth process . As midwives there’s always information to share and explain that the woman may not know about . I also view my role as a guardian to the partner making sure he or she feels involved and free to ask questions . So the next time you hear yourself or a colleague say “I’m leaving the couple I’m caring for as they don’t need me in their birth room all the time” just remember leaving them isn’t evidence based practice – staying with them totally is
Resources on continuity