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New midwifery team launched providing continuity of care in Havering

Athaliah was the first baby delivered by the team (Credit: BHRUT)

A new midwifery team that provides pregnant women in Harold Wood and Hornchurch with continuity of care has been launched.

Hera Midwives will support women through their entire pregnancy journey to ensure better relationships can be built.

This includes antenatal appointments, the birth, whether at Queen’s Hospital or at home, and postnatal care.

Team leader, Claire Mason said: “Research shows that good continuity of care leads to better outcomes for new mothers, including reducing the number of stillbirths.

“We’re already finding the women we work with love having a specific team supporting them.

“At present, we have seven midwives in the team, with one vacancy to recruit to.”

The Hera Midwives have already supported six mums in welcoming their babies.

Their first birth was baby Athaliah who was born in May.

There are currently seven Hera Midwives (Credit: BHRUT)

Chloe Mulholland joined the Hera Midwives after receiving support from Claire herself five years ago.

The team leader previously helped deliver Chloe’s daughter and now they are working side-by-side to support other new mums. 

A team covering Upminster and Cranham was launched in 2019 making this the second team in BHRUT with the focus of continuity of care.

The teams are part of a pilot following the national maternity review, Better Births, which set a five-year forward plan for improving maternity services.

It’s hoped similar teams will be introduced to other areas long term.

To find out more, or see who’s next to join the Hera Midwives family, you can follow them on Twitter @hera_midwives, and Instagram, @heramidwives.

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