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Our Programme has been designed to help retention of information and promote understanding in choice.
Information On Our Digital Workshop
Our multi-lingual digital workshop is based upon our Real Birth Programme and enables women of several nationalities and socioeconomic backgrounds to access and understand the journey of birth. Women with access to antenatal education have a higher chance of vaginal birth, a reduction in unnecessary interventions and a more positive birth experience.
Antenatal education has sadly been devalued in the minds of women, it’s not always available at a suitable time or location, women are time pressured and often feel they can obtain the information elsewhere and many women do not speak English as a first language.
Informed choice has effectively been removed potentially leaving women in labour scared and vulnerable. Rising birth age, lack of antenatal education and a fear of birth leads to earlier hospital admissions, contributes to a significant growth in elective and emergency c-sections which in turn results in rising morbidity rates and longer hospital stays all of which escalate the cost to the NHS and supporting services.
All mothers have a right to access maternity services in a way that ensures their language and communication requirements do not prevent them receiving the same quality of healthcare as others.
Accessed from 25 weeks of pregnancy via a unique coded card issued by the healthcare provider, users work through 1 module at a time before accessing the next to ensure the workshop is comprehensible. Within the modules are questions, diagrams & carefully designed non-threatening animations.
Each language has been translated by first language speakers to ensure the terminology is understandable and animations are culturally respectful whilst explaining a journey of birth. NICE Pregnancy & Complex Social Factors list barriers for women who speak no or little English that include lack of interpreters & knowledge of the maternity service. Our workshop helps address such barriers. NICE also say that with this group of women other methods such as online video clips & audio information should be used. It also has an audio element for non-English speaking women.
It can be accessed at home, within specialist clinics or children’s centres, with or without midwives present and is unlimited in the size of the group that would be able to access the workshop.