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25 May 2021 - New Community Midwife Bags

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Thirty Community Midwife Bags landed with midwives at North West Anglia Foundation Trust thanks to funding from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG. 

A Community Midwife Bag contains everything a community midwife would need for births at home, including any emergencies. The bag is designed with infection control in mind with everything easily and quickly accessible.

Liz Phillips, Maternity and Neonatal Commissioning and Transformation Programme Manager, at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said, “We’re delighted that our first specially designed community midwife bags are already in use by our hospital partners, which we hope will help make sure that every mum and baby has the best possible birth experience.”

Kerry Fletcher, Lead Midwife for Community Services, said: “We are really excited to receive the Baby Lifeline Bags through the Local Maternity Neonatal System. The bags are equipped really well and organised into sections, making it easy to find anything you need at a homebirth. We are now able to reduce the number of bags the Community Midwives carry when on call, making on calls much easier.”

Ruth's lockdown breastfeeding story

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"My little boy Samuel was born on 27th March. He's my second baby; my first, Elizabeth, is now 3 years old and she was breastfed until she was about 2.5 years old.

"We had planned a homebirth for Sam but once the midwife arrived at our house, she spotted meconium in my waters, so we transferred to Hinchingbrooke by ambulance. We were very fortunate that despite extra pressures on the service due to coronavirus, the ambulance took just 15 minutes to get to our house. The labour was fast and we arrived in the Delivery Suite with just a few minutes to spare before Sam was born!

"Sam started rooting to feed almost immediately. We were lucky that he seemed to know exactly what he was doing, latching and beginning to feed without any difficulty. My previous breastfeeding experience was very straightforward, but despite our positive start this time around, I struggled with a lot of pain during those first few days with Sam. Once my milk came in, I became engorged. Sam was struggling to latch and when he did, the pain was excruciating. I was keen to get support with breastfeeding but worried that the usual services would not be accessible due to social distancing. I rang the midwives at Hinchingbrooke so I was able to get immediate advice and reassurance over the phone. I also tapped into support from the local breastfeeding group on social media so very soon I felt armed with lots of different techniques to try to ease the pressure, both physically and mentally! 

"Thankfully the pain and discomfort eased after about 48 hours and we have not looked back. Breastfeeding has become second nature once again, and Sam is thriving. We still have the odd tough day and the ongoing challenges this time around are due to having another child to look after as well as my newborn. It’s been a steep learning curve, but I am becoming well practiced at breastfeeding while simultaneously running after a preschooler! "