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Our top five resources to help midwives support parents

 

As a midwife you are very involved in supporting pregnant women and their babies throughout the antenatal period, during labour and birth, and the early postnatal period. Not only are you responsible for providing care, you also have a role to play in supporting women to make informed choices about their care.

At Nutricia Early Life Nutrition we are dedicated to helping healthcare professionals (HCPs) support parents during the first 1,000 days. To showcase some of the educational and scientific materials available for midwives on the frontline of care for parents, we have collated a list of our five key resources that relate to this specific area of reproductive health.

1. Vaginal examination guide

A free printed resource designed specifically for HCPs by community midwife Jean Aspin, this useful pocket-sized tool provides you with information and visual references of the vagina during the different stages of dilation and labour. A series of easy-to-understand diagrams provide clear illustrations, not only for vaginal dilation but for the diameters and structure of the fetal skull. READ MORE.

2. A healthcare professional’s guide to maternal nutrition

From information on Over the Counter (OTC) medications for pregnant mums to advice on which foods are considered unsafe during pregnancy, this detailed evidence-based guide provides healthcare professionals with a myriad of important information on maternal nutrition.

The guide also provides information on how much water a pregnant woman should drink and the best supplements tailored specifically for pregnancy. In addition to running through important topics around maternal nutrition, this guide also includes a helpful checklist to ensure the essential topics of pregnancy and breastfeeding are covered off alongside the NHS Choices guidelines¹.

Pregnancy often leads to many questions from mums and their partners, and it can be difficult to remember all the areas to address during an appointment, but with this helpful guide you can walk your patient through each step with ease. READ MORE.

3. The power of maternal nutrition

A clear and practical handout that you can give directly to parents, The Power of Maternal Nutrition offers sound and actionable advice that covers eating and drinking during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, to help mums maintain a healthy, balanced diet and get the nutrients her and her baby need. READ MORE.

4. A simple guide to expressing milk

A simple illustrated guide that demonstrates how mums can successfully express breastmilk by hand, hand pumping and electric pumps, as well as providing guidance on how to store expressed breast milk for later. A printed guide that you can give directly to parents, this not only serves as an instructional resource covering the practical methods for expressing breastmilk, but offers helpful advice on where equipment like electric pumps can be obtained. READ MORE. 

5. Successful breastfeeding

Whilst breastfeeding is completely natural, it can take a little getting used to and it’s very much about finding a technique that works for both mum and baby. This is a video that you can show to mothers, demonstrating positions and methods for successful breastfeeding — which is ideal for those times when you might not be available to offer them advice. WATCH HERE.

Our Careline

All of the scientific-based materials above are designed to help healthcare professionals support parents during the first 1,000 days, but if you still need assistance, at Nutricia Early Life Nutrition we have two carelines with two dedicated phone numbers; one for your patients to call directly, and the other specifically for healthcare professionals. The Nutricia Early Life Nutrition healthcare professional helpline is staffed by people who understand what it’s like to be on the frontline of healthcare. Our team has over a hundred and fifty years’ cumulative experience, including hands-on experience in midwifery, as well as paediatric and neonatal nursing.

Our free healthcare professional helpline is open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday. Just phone 0800 996 1234 for expert advice on infant feeding and nutrition, including common infant feeding problems such as cows’ milk allergy, colic, constipation and reflux.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breastfeeding is best for babies. Infant formula is suitable from birth when babies are not breastfed. Follow-on milk is only for babies over 6 months, as part of a mixed diet and should not be used as a breastmilk substitute before 6 months. We advise that all formula milks including the decision to start weaning should be made on the advice of a doctor, midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian, pharmacist or other professional responsible for maternal and child care. Foods for special medical purposes should only be used under medical supervision. May be suitable for use as the sole source of nutrition for infants from birth, and/or as part of a balanced diet from 6–12 months. Refer to label for details.

  1. NHS Choices (2015) Antenatal midwife care — Pregnant. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/antenatal-midwife-carepregnant.aspx. (Accessed Jan 2017)