Continuity of Carer midwifery teams in Gloucestershire
Continuity of Carer is a key recommendation of NHS England’s Better Births report and aims to make maternity care more personalised and safe.
About Continuity of Carer
Continuity of Carer means that designated teams of midwives will care for women at all stages of their pregnancy, birth and beyond. We currently have 3 Continuity of Carer teams across the county.
Evidence shows that when people have a midwife they are familiar with in labour, they are less likely to require interventions during pregnancy and birth, and are more likely to be satisfied with their care.
Many midwives feel that the Continuity of Carer approach better supports a holistic approach to care throughout the whole transition from pregnancy to parenthood. This can create a more positive experience for both parents and midwives.
Your Continuity of Carer team can carry out appointments at a time to suit you, which will include evenings and weekends. These can be:
- at your local children’s centre
- at your nearest surgery or hospital
- at your home
All routine appointments will stay the same, along with any additional appointments if you need them.
Contact your Continuity of Carer team
For any non urgent queries, you can email your Continuity of Carer team, using their dedicated email address. You should include:
- a short message, explaining your reason for getting in touch
- your full name
- your hospital number (MRN)
- a contact phone number
A midwife should be in contact within 24 hours. Alternatively, you can call your midwife using the number on the front of your pregnancy notes.
For all urgent enquiries, please call the maternity advice line on 0300 422 5541.
Your appointments with the Bartongate Team will be at Bartongate Children’s Centre or Bartongate Surgery. You can also arrange appointments at your home.
You can get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your appointments with the Lighthouse Team will be at Lighthouse Children’s Centre or Severnside Medical Practice. You can also arrange appointments at your home.
You can get in touch by emailing email@example.com.
Your appointments with the Gardners Lane team will be at Gardners Lane Children’s Centre or Cheltenham Birth Centre. You can also arrange appointments at your home.
You can get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.