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New PReCePT: Prevention of Cerebral Palsy in Preterm Labour e-learning programme 

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH), in partnership with the ASHN Network, have collaborated to develop a new, free e-learning programme for perinatal healthcare professionals.

The PReCePT: Prevention of Cerebral Palsy in Preterm Labour e-learning programme, released in line with World Prematurity Day, has been designed for perinatal healthcare professionals to support education around the administration of magnesium sulphate to mothers in preterm labour for neonatal neuroprotection.

Building on current NICE guidance, and the successful roll out of the national PReCePT programme by the AHSN Network, this module will guide clinicians through the clinical benefits of administering magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) to mothers who go into labour before 30 weeks gestation. It will provide information on the neuroprotective qualities of this cost-effective and readily available drug, the detail of how it is administered and the positive impact it can have on the lives of neonates and their families. This resource will be invaluable for training new staff and will be vital in sustaining high uptakes of MgSO4 across the NHS.

You can learn more about the e-learning programme here .

DASH Risk Checklist - Online training

(Domestic Abuse, Stalking, Harassment and Honour Based Violence)

This training is being offered by the East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership. It is aimed at front line staff from all agencies who may work with East Riding families and who will use the DASH risk assessment checklist. Further information is available here.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Training 

The national face to face training for health professionals regarding CGM for women with type 1 diabetes in pregnancy has been postponed but here is the link to the appropriate online training for both clinicians and people with diabetes, available via the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD) website.

Baby loss awareness

There is a new e-learning resource for health professionals who care for women with pregnancy loss. You’ll find it here .

A podcast recorded by Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent is available here .

Maternity transformation programme early adopters

A key recommendation of Better Births was that NHS England should: “seek volunteer localities to act as early adopters” to harness enthusiasm for change and test the model of care described in the report.

Through a network of support coordinated by the Maternity Transformation Programme, the Early Adopters are now taking forward the implementation of the vision in Better Births, going further and faster, and routinely share the learning from their experiences.

Find out more here.

Health Education England Maternity Programme Update - March 2021

The latest maternity programme update can be accessed here.

Saving Babies’ Lives e-learning programme

This programme has been developed to support the delivery of the Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundle Version Two (SBLCBv2) in maternity units across the NHS. 

The second version of the care bundle brings together five elements of care that are widely recognised as evidence-based and/or best practice, these are:

  • Reducing smoking in pregnancy
  • Risk assessment, prevention and surveillance of pregnancies at risk of fetal growth restriction (FGR)
  • Raising awareness of reduced fetal movement (RFM)
  • Effective fetal monitoring during labour
  • Reducing preterm birth

The programme is aimed at midwives and obstetricians and is free to access on e-Learning for Healthcare here .

Faculty of Sexual Health and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH)

FSRH training and membership is open to RCM registered midwives.

As a midwife delivering contraceptive advice and information to women, you are in the unique position of being one of the first healthcare professionals that a woman might see at key points in her sexual and reproductive healthcare.

The FSRH has a range of qualifications and training in sexual and reproductive health and contraceptive care, further information is available here

Perinatal Mental Health Courses 

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has a new Digital Academy which has developed two new Perinatal Mental Health Courses. 

These online courses, designed by Clinical Experts and developed in line with the Perinatal Mental Health Competency Framework,  are aimed at both mental health practitioner in non-specialist services; and non-mental health practitioners such as:

  • Midwives and Maternity Support Workers
  • Obstetricians
  • Doulas
  • Health Visitors and other Practitioners within Social Care
  • Social Workers and other Practitioners within Social Care
  • Children's Centre and Early Years Practitioners
  • Nursery Nurses
  • Third Sector Volunteers and Practitioners 
  • Peer Support Workers.

A Brief Introduction to Perinatal Mental Health

5 hours of self-directed learning - 4 weeks access (start any time) - Cost: £69. The course introduces perinatal mental health disorders and their associated risks - building awareness in order to improve the care of women and families in the perinatal period. 

Introduction to Perinatal Mental Illness, Risk, Care and Treatment 

20 hour course - includes live elements and runs monthly - 8 weeks access - Cost: £499. The course takes a more in-depth look at some of the most prevalent forms of perinatal mental illness - examining contributing factors, associated risks, care and treatment. 

Reverse Mentoring Programme at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Organisational Development and Improvement Learning (ODIL) team have, as part of the Reverse Mentoring Programme, opportunities for staff from minority ethnic backgrounds to share lived experience in a confidential mentoring relationship with a Senior Manager. This will enable development at both individual and organisational levels; sharing experiences to shape our culture.  

Staff can contact the ODIL team by visiting the 'Learning Hub' and typing 'Organisational Development and Improvement Learning' into the course search bar.  

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Your baby is now officially an embryo and is about the size of a poppy seed.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/4-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the size of a kidney bean and weighs 1g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/8-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the second trimester!

Your baby is about the size of a small lime and weighs approximately 14g.

You have hopefully seen your midwife for your 'booking in' appointment, if you have not yet seen a midwife please make an appointment quickly, so you can have all of your choices about screening tests explained and offered to you.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/12-weeks-pregnant/ for more information. You can also link to the 'Pregnancy Journey' area here.  

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Your baby is about the size of an avocado and weighs approximately 100g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/16-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown in length and is now the length of a small banana and weighs approximately 300g. Around this time you will be offered your '20 week' scan, also known as the 'anatomy' or 'anomaly' scan.Click here for more information about screening. 

This is a also a good time to talk and sing to your bump as your baby can now hear sounds. This is great way for you and your partner/family to bond with your baby.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/20-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown again to the approximate length of an ear of sweetcorn and weighs about 600g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/24-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the third trimester!

Your baby is now approximately the weight of an aubergine; about 1kg and approximately 37cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/28-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby now weighs approximately the same as a coconut; around 1.5kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/32-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now around the same size as a lettuce, approximately 47cm long and weighs around 2.6kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/36-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the weight of a small watermelon which is approximately 3.3kg and around 50cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/40-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.