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Continuity of Carer

Continuity of Carer means a small team of midwives providing care for women during pregnancy, being there for birth and looking after mum and baby in the first few weeks of baby’s life.

National evidence has shown receiving care in this way enhances a woman’s experience and also sees an improvement in some aspects of care such as fewer babies being born prematurely.

For further details read the National Maternity Review's Better Births guidance in full >

Teams providing this pathway of care have been introduced across Derby, Derbyshire and Burton.

Since July 2019 three Continuity of Carer teams have been introduced at UHDB who work alongside existing community midwife teams. Continuity of Carer teams are made up of a small number of midwives and maternity support workers. Women receiving care from a Continuity of Carer team will have a named midwife to provide the majority of planned care in pregnancy and after baby has arrived. A midwife from the team will provide care in labour so women are more likely to know the midwife caring for them.

During pregnancy women are invited to ‘meet the midwife’ sessions to provide an opportunity to meet the rest of the Continuity of Carer team. For more information please speak to your midwife.