Baby Week and covid

Here at Baby Week we have been keeping up to date with advice and guidance from local government on staying safe with learning resources being offered to families, and from Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust on keeping safe at the hospital within these uncertain times. We have still yet to decide how we will celebrate five years of Baby Week this November but rest assured we will be covering aspects of pregnancy, birth and the early years helping to make sure this is accessible for all our communities in Leeds.

Meanwhile we would like to share with you some information from our partners from across the city.

The new Leeds Teaching Hospital E-Midwife Facebook page.

Not only have the midwives and staff been adapting to a new way of working the fantastic midwives in Leeds developed this useful platform answering any concerns families might have when birthing in Leeds. This came from all the comments that had been received by families on social media and from calling the Maternity Assessment Centre. A team of midwives turned this round quickly there to help answer your questions on topics ranging from antenatal and birthing to postnatal and feeding.

Leeds Teaching Hospital E-Midwife

Co-producing information leaflets in a pandemic

Early on in the pandemic Leeds worked with the service user reps at the MVP (Maternity Voices Partnership) to co-produce a Patient Information Leaflet called 'Maternity Care During the Coronavirus Outbreak' This page on Leeds Maternity Care wesbite shows the 'browse aloud' function which can be applied to all the leaflets displayed here helping translate the information into many different languages. Just scroll down and look for this picture or click on the QR code for updated guidance and advice on giving birth within this pandemic.

Leeds Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) has a new chair- Aneira Thomas (not the first baby to be born on the NHS!) Aneira has been sourcing these amazing experiences about giving birth in COVID from around the Local Maternity System and presenting them in this beautiful frame. The stories have really help share positive messages and assurance for women concerned about birthing at this current time.

Leeds Teaching Hospital shares charity's Kicks Count poster on recognising changes to fetal movements whilst isolating.

Perinatal Mental Health support with our Infant Mental Health Team

Our lovely colleagues in the Infant Mental Health Team have created a leaflet with useful information and advice for parents and carers of young children.

If you feel as though you require any support from a 0-19 specialist practitioner please contact our single point of access (SPA) on 0113 843568