Pregnancy Notes
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Version 16.1 - April 2016
 
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The Pregnancy Notes contain:

  • Explanatory notes on ‘what to expect’, discusses options & answers to common problems. Mothers want information that is up-to-date and evidence based; socially disadvantaged mothers want at least as much information as other groups.

  • Prompts for midwives to discuss various public health issues which are relevant during pregnancy e.g. employment rights, emotional support and domestic violence, the baby friendly initiative, smoking cessation, health and safety at work, home fire safety check.

  • Further prompts to discuss individual needs, access to services, and preferences for birth.

  • Information on antenatal screening tests consistent with aims of the National Screening Committee; prompts to confirm that information has been given to allow informed choice.

  • An emphasis on improved fetal growth screening, consistent with lessons from analyses of perinatal mortality. The Notes can incorporate ‘customised antenatal growth charts’ which adjust for individual maternal variation due to constitutional differences, ethnic group etc. The use of these charts improves the detection of fetal growth problems and reduces unnecessary investigations and admissions to hospital.

  • Guidance for professionals in accordance with national recommendations.

  • Changes for Version 16.1 include updated NSC screening timeline; updated social assessment with regards to how many people live in the household; rubella screening information updated in line with NSC guidance; Seasonal flu and Whooping Cough sections updated with PHE guidance; Group B strep information added.


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