Improving vaccine confidence for those of child-bearing age and breastfeeding.

Improving vaccine confidence for those of child-bearing age and breastfeeding.

World Breastfeeding Awareness Week – The 2021 theme: “Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility”

  • Inform people about the importance of protecting breastfeeding
  • Anchor breastfeeding support as a vital public health responsibility



Friday East of England Regional Maternity and Clinical Network Updates

  1. Increasing vaccine confidence pregnancy and fertility
  2. NMC statement on new vaccination advice for pregnant women
  3. Suspected Coronavirus (COVID-19) important information to keep you safe at home V3
  4. The RCM/ RCOG and PHE have produced information leaflets to support woman / birthing people with decision making in relation to the COVID vaccination


Norfolk & Waveney LMNS Multiligual Padlet

Lead by Lydia Gerrie N&W LMNS have launched their multilingual padlet offering maternity and neonatal information in a multitude of languages

Please use this link to access Norfolk & Waveney Multilingual padlet

Fantastic resource

Domestic Servitude Animation (please see attached)

The team from the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Hope for Justice, West Yorkshire Police and the Modern Slavery Organised Immigration Crime Programme have collaborated to develop a new animation on domestic servitude, highlighting the signs, raising awareness and encouraging reporting of this hidden crime.

Domestic servitude typically involves victims working in a private family home where they are ill-treated, humiliated, subjected to unbearable conditions or working hours and made to work for little or no pay.

The new animation covers an anonymised real-life story of a survivor of domestic servitude which follows the journey of a young woman moving from her home country to the UK.

Over the last two years, there has been a specific increase in reports of domestic servitude within West Yorkshire, indicating women from Pakistan and Bangladesh are being brought to the UK and exploited in domestic homes. As well as English, the animation has therefore been translated into Urdu, Punjabi and Bengali with subtitles.

Please see a toolkit attached with links to the videos, suggested social media messages, key messages, and screen shots. We would really appreciate your support in sharing this campaign, which is launching on Friday (30/07) to coincide with UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

Rebecca Hurlock | National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network Coordinator

West Yorkshire Anti-Slavery Partnership Coordinator

“Marked for Life” – Tattoo fix project

For information –  please see below detailed information sent on behalf of Stephen Hay, Director of Police and Justice Partnerships at Medaille Trust, relating to a new project they have recently started supporting survivors who have been branded with tattoos by exploiters.  Please can you share this information with your colleagues and contacts, as appropriate.

Project Information

The project is looking to draw attention to the particularly abhorrent practise where victims, particularly victims of sex trafficking are branded by their exploiters, much like a farmer brands his cattle to show they belong to him. This takes the form of branding tattoos which literally mark victims for life. We have a tattoo fix project which changes that narrative called “Marked for Life”. The project which was formally launched on world day against trafficking and is now nationwide across England and Wales and I am hoping to add Scotland further down the line.  We have already undertaken two tattoo fixes with clients within the Medaille Trust (see attached.) We have the support of a number of tattoo artists who give up their time for free to support the project and alter these tattoos from something which is a daily reminder to survivors of their abuse into something positive of their own choice. We are looking to support survivors who have been branded to move forward with their lives. We are looking to reach anyone who supports a survivor or know a survivor who has been branded to get in touch and we will be able to work with that survivor to fix that tattoo. The project also looks to raise awareness in the tattoo community. The film attached was created with the help of a very brave client who wants to raise awareness of branding tattoos and 2mcreatives team who produced the film. The client is played by an actor.

Contact Details

Stephen Hay

Director of Police and Justice Partnerships

Tel: 07398 379 960



Perinatal Mental Health Training – The Who, What and Why?

FREE Webinar | Monday 27 September | 1–2pm

With one in ten women experiencing mental health problems during or after pregnancy, it’s the responsibility of all professionals involved in their care to gain an understanding of the impact of perinatal mental illness and its associated risks. But what exactly does this mean in practice?

In this free webinar, we will explore the role of training for professionals involved in the care of women and families throughout the perinatal period – helping you to feel more confident navigating this area in your professional role, and making informed decisions on training for yourself and your colleagues. Drawing on a variety of clinical scenarios and case studies, we will ou tline WH O can benefit from training; WHAT should be covered; and WHY it’s needed now more than ever

By the end of the session, you will:

  • Be more aware of the range of perinatal mental disorders that professionals need to learn about, and the impact these can have on women and families during the perinatal period and beyond.
  • Have gained a deeper understanding of how targeted training can help professionals in different roles and at different points throughout the perinatal care pathway.
  • Feel more confident navigating different types of training, and identifying which training is right for you and your colleagues, in the context of the expansion of perinatal mental health services related to the NHS Long Term Plan.

We will also set aside time to respond to your comments and questions, and provide some follow-up resources and information, so that you can scope and sense-check your own training needs.

Webinar Leads:< /strong>

  • Jo Brook: Jo is Perinatal Mental Health Training and Service Development Lead at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and London Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Lead. She has extensive service development and leadership experience in the perinatal mental health field, and in supporting the expansion of perinatal services through workforce development.
  • Dr Lucinda Green: Lucinda has been a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist since 2002. She has extensive clinical and service development experience and has held a number of leadership roles within the NHS. Lucinda has many years’ experience of designing and delivering perinatal mental health training for a range of healthcare professionals.

To register for this free webinar, please visit our website.

Regional Scale Programme (NHSX) DIABETES Workshop Wednesday 25th August 2-4pm

Please see information below regarding the third and final workshop in a mini-series exploring digitally enabled LTC management and VWs, which is focused  this time on:  Diabetes.

This is a two-hour workshop designed for clinicians and project staff in the region who are working on tech-enabled projects involving Diabetes (& could include those working on Virtual Wards for multiple conditions that include Diabetes). Priority will be given to clinicians and project staff working on projects funded by or linked to NHSX’s Regional Scale Programme.

Prof Partha Kar OBE is confirmed for the opening presentation, and there will also be case studies of tech-enabled/remote monitoring Diabetes services and space for breakout discussions. The workshop has these broad aims:
1. to connect people delivering Diabetes projects within the Regional Scale Programme with each other, to facilitate shared learning and collaboration
2. to illuminate the bigger picture of what is going on nationally in the Diabetes world – policy, strategy, additional funding opportunities, and how the digital agenda is enabling this
3. to provide an opportunity for those on the ground to influence the centre.

The workshop is:  2-4pm on Wednesday 25th August.

To register  interest in the workshop, staff should email with the following information please: 

– Name, role, place of work

– Whether they are linked to an NHSX-funded project 

– Any additional info or interest they have in Diabetes and/or Digital

NIHR Women with kidney disease can be given a personal risk assessment for pregnancy, following new research”

Women with long-term (chronic) kidney disease can now be given a clear indication of the risks of pregnancy, both to themselves and to their babies. New research assesses the likelihood that a baby will be born healthy, and estimates the impact of pregnancy on the woman’s disease.

Pregnancy is known to put additional strain on the kidneys of women with advanced kidney disease (stages 3 to 5).  But to date there has been little reliable information to guide women considering having a baby. The new study, the largest to date, gives estimates of how much a woman’s kidney disease is likely to progress during pregnancy.

Depending on the stage of disease, kidney function declined by as much in nine months of pregnancy as in 1.7 to 4.9 years of living with kidney disease. This means some women will need a transplant o r dialys is much earlier than they otherwise would have done.

Once the pregnancy reached 20 weeks, almost all babies survived.  But more than half were born prematurely or with low birthweight. These risks to the baby were increased if mothers had high blood pressure, protein leaking into the urine (proteinuria), or maintained levels of a waste product called creatinine (that should fall in pregnancy).

The new information allows for better counselling for women with kidney disease who are considering pregnancy, or are already pregnant. Doctors can use it to identify and closely monitor women at higher risk. They can work with women to plan for dialysis or transplant, where that is likely to be needed.

NIHR Women with Kidney disease

The key findings were:

  1. Babies’ health at birth

o Almost all pregnancies (98%) which had lasted at least 20 weeks resulted in a baby

o Most (99 of 178) were born before 37 weeks (pre-term) and 47 were born before 34 weeks (very pre-term)

o 58 babies needed special care in a neonatal unit.

  1. Signs in the mother that predict risks to babies

o Long-term high blood pressure before pregnancy increased the risk of very pre-term birth. This affected most of the women, and one in three with high blood pressure had very pre-term babies. No women without high blood pressure had very pre-term babies.

o Leakage of protein into urine (proteinuria) was linked to low birthweight

o Creatinine levels which dropped by 10% or less indicated that a woman’s kidneys were not adapting to pregnancy and were not removing this waste product. This affected more than half the women (86 of 162) and they had double the risk of a very pre-term delivery < li>More advanced kidney disease increased the risk of pre-term birth. But high blood pressure and proteinuria increased the risks more.

  1. Mothers’ long-term health

o One year after childbirth, 9 women had started renal replacement therapy (dialysis or transplant), and another 19 women needed this within two years.

o The decline in kidney function varied by the stage of kidney disease. Women with the least advanced disease (stage 3a) lost kidney function equivalent to 1.7 years of kidney disease. Those with more advanced disease (stage 4 and 5) lost the equivalent of 4.9 years.

o On average, women were likely to need dialysis or a transplant 2.5 years earlier than if they had not been pregnant.

o High blood pressure also predicted loss of kidney function.

  • The 43 women who had previously had a kidney transplant were no more likely to have pre-term births or a big decline in kidney function than women who had not h ad a tra nsplant. Factors like high blood pressure were more important.


New report: Suitability of equipment and technology used for continuous fetal heart rate monitoring + new investigation

Our latest national report focuses on the equipment used in maternity units across England to carry out continuous fetal heart rate monitoring during labour and birth.
Jamie Langstone