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Community midwives at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust have recently received new homebirth bags to support mums-to-be who choose to give birth to their baby at home rather than in a hospital environment.

The bags, supplied by Baby Lifeline, were kindly purchased by the League of Friends Charity at the George Eliot Hospital and will replace the current homebirth bags with standardised equipment following a project from Baby Lifeline.

Baby Lifeline is a unique national charity supporting the care of pregnant women and newborn babies all over the UK and worldwide.  It raises funds to purchase much needed maternity equipment, and is one of the leading providers of training maternity healthcare professionals. (http://babylifeline.org.uk)

The new bags and their contents have been put together following a survey with midwives and with the support from an expert panel of multi-disciplinary professionals to develop a standardised equipment bag to deliver safe and effective care.  The expert working group developed a rucksack style bag with adjustable straps and optional wheels.  The bag has been designed with Human Factors principles in mind; it is compartmentalised, and colour coded to make it easier to identify equipment quickly.  The bag includes everything from scissors to cut the cord, to a hat and towels to dry and warm the new born baby, as well as equipment for emergencies that, although rare, can occur.

Acting Lead Community Midwife, Michelle Baxter, said: “We’d like to say thank you to the League of Friends Charity for supporting us to purchase the new homebirth bags. We would also encourage any of our mums-to-be to talk to their community midwife if they are interested in having a homebirth or join us at our homebirth event for parents-to-be on the last Tuesday in February to find out more.”

Parents-to-be who would like to know more information about having their baby at home are invited to come along to the next home birth evening on Tuesday 25th February 2020 from 6pm-7.30pm in the Nirvana Meeting Room, 2nd Floor Maternity Building, George Eliot Hospital.

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