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Northern Lincolnshire reconfigures community midwife service

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A new system of post-natal care will be established in North East Lincolnshire from next month, which will largely see the end of home visits.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s team of community midwives based at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital will be providing a post-natal care service from local authority children’s centres in the area, from 2 May.

This will replace the current practice of community midwives visiting new mothers at home.

The trust said it hopes this change will provide more continuity for the women, with the care being delivered by the community midwife who has seen them during their pregnancy.

All women will still have a first visit in their home. At this visit the midwife will discuss postnatal care and provide appointments for care to be continued at the nearest children’s centre. Home visits will still be provided for women with mobility problems.

Trust community manager Julie Dixon said: “We enjoy good links with the staff of the children’s centres and hope together to give better individualised care for the new mum and her baby.”

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