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Developing a Living Library to support our new mums

26 April 2019

We were delighted to recently launch an innovative new project called Postnatal Care: Developing a Living Library to promote a human-centred model of care, supported by The Health Foundation.

We were delighted to recently launch an innovative new project called Postnatal Care: Developing a Living Library to promote a human-centred model of care, supported by The Health Foundation.

The project aims to create a bespoke ‘Living Library’ model to enhance postnatal care at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, adapting learnings from Sweden. The team works in partnership with NIHR CLAHRC Northwest London and the Qulturum, Improvement and Patient Safety Hub, Jönköping County, Sweden.

The Living Library concept lends ‘people' rather than ‘books'. The ‘books’ are the people who have lived similar experiences, who are ‘loaned’ to ‘readers’. This 15-month project will co-design a library to initially support women who may benefit from this—for example, mothers or babies who have received care in an intensive care unit, first-time mothers who delivered by emergency Caesarean or who had significant obstetric complications, and mothers with challenges in accessing care (such as language, hearing, mobility or learning difficulties). 

Miss Sunita Sharma (Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist) said: “Postnatal care is the Cinderella of NHS maternity services, so we are very delighted at the opportunity the team has been given to be innovative in this area.”

Take part in the first postnatal co-design workshop

If you became a parent in the last three years and experienced any of the following, please come along to our first co-design workshop to share your experience with other parents and health professionals in a fun and informal way:

  • Difficulty accessing maternity services
  • Forceps/ventouse/emergency caesarean sections during your first birth
  • Baby admitted to NICU or SCBU
  • Mother admitted to ICU
  • Mother re-admitted to hospital postnatally or had to go back to theatre

Grandparents and babies are also welcome. For your time, you will receive a £50 Amazon gift voucher (one per family).

Date:
2 May 2019 

Time:
9am: Registration
9:30am–12:30pm: Workshop

Venue:
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road
London
SW10 9NH 

Book now by emailing lou.harris@chelwest.nhs.uk or postnatal.livinglibrary@gmail.com—places are limited.

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