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Top midwife hails ‘extraordinary’ NHS staff who have delivered more than 50 million babies

England’s top midwife today praised the ‘extraordinary’ role of midwives who have delivered more than 50 million babies over the last seven decades and urged young people to consider the “uniquely rewarding” career. In the run-up to the NHS’s 70th birthday, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent urged midwives and parents to share their stories, showing support for […]

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With love in the air conception rates soar, NHS figures show

Valentine’s Day romance leads to a jump in pregnancies, new figures from NHS England show. With love in the air, there was a 5 per cent rise in conceptions around the most romantic day of the year, according to the data gathered to help the NHS provide the best possible care for mums-to-be and their […]

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Funding boost for new mums’ mental health

The NHS has today confirmed that extra funding will be made available to improve the mental health of at least 3,000 pregnant women and those who have recently given birth. The £23 million funding is part of a major programme of improvement and investment by NHS England which will see a total of 30,000 additional […]

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NHS senior midwife says 2018 is year of opportunity to drive new continuity of carer standards for mums-to-be across England

The NHS’s most senior midwife says 2018 will be a year of opportunity for promoting continuity of carer maternity standards for mums-to-be across England. NHS England has today published new guidance to help local areas to provide women with more consistent care and support, including a named midwife, before, during and after birth. The continuity […]

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App that helps pregnant women monitor hypertension among new NHS innovations that will save lives and improve treatment

A wireless sensor that better detects breathing rate in hospital patients, an app to help pregnant women monitor hypertension and another that directs patients with minor injuries to treatment units with the shortest queues are among the latest innovations set to be spread across the NHS. Eleven ground-breaking projects are being backed in the latest […]

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NHS commits to better care for expectant and new mums with mental health

Speaking to Mumsnet today Simon Stevens will announce the NHS trusts set to deliver more personalised care to expectant and new mums with serious mental ill health. The four new Mother and Baby Units revealed today will allow women to stay with their babies while receiving the specialist care they need. As many as one […]

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Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View: NHS acts to cut inappropriate out of area placements for children and young people in mental health crisis

NHS England will today announce the next steps in the drive to ensure children and young people don’t have to travel far from home for mental health care, funding between 150-180 new beds. The increase will be focused on those who are most unwell, be dependent on need and placed in under-served parts of the […]

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Winning projects announced for latest round of Maternity Challenge Fund

Three projects are each being awarded £50,000 by NHS England to explore innovative ways to use women’s and their partners’ feedback to improve maternity services. A judging panel from NHS England and the Department of Health selected the winners from almost 50 applications for support from the Maternity Challenge Fund, which was set up last […]

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