Baby Lifeline Covid-19 advice hub provides clear, qualified and expert advice to pregnant women and new mothers
National mother and baby charity Baby Lifeline has thanked Hudgell Solicitors for its continued support in 2020 – including helping cover the cost of a new service which is providing vital information to expectant and new mothers during the coronavirus outbreak.
Hudgells are proud to have a long-standing relationship with Baby Lifeline, which has continually campaigned for improved care and facilities on maternity wards across the UK since being established in 1981.
It has also raised millions to fund the purchase of vital equipment, support continuing research and provide maternity care training where it is most needed.
With the uncertainty of Covid-19, and many mixed messages over its impact on pregnant women and their babies, the charity believed it was important to provide a clear and concise guide, covering the key questions and concerns for those at all stages of pregnancy and birth.
Sara Ledger, Head of Research and Development at Baby Lifeline, explained: “We recognised quickly that whilst this of course has been a very worrying time for everybody across the country, it has been particularly so for pregnant women and their families, and those who have recently celebrated the birth of a child.”
“It doesn’t matter whether this is somebody’s first pregnancy or their fifth, nobody has faced this level of uncertainty and worry before, and we wanted to create a single source of information, gathered from leading health experts and respected health organisations, and provide it in an easily understandable and digestible way.
“As we have excellent connections with many leading health bodies and organisations, we wanted to bring all the expertise and knowledge together, and actually it presents a really reassuring package of helpful information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some of the key messages we have been sharing are that no current evidence suggests that pregnant women are at greater risk or have will serious complications, that women should still attend their appointments whether they be physical or a telephone or video call, and that pregnant women will be well looked after by midwives who are used to supporting women with viruses during pregnancy.
New mothers also clearly have a lot of concerns and questions over visitors at home, having skin to skin with their new babies and worries over feeding, so we’ve worked hard to make the information as comprehensive as possible, with all the frequently asked questions answered.
Information has been gathered from the NHS, The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, The Royal College of Midwives and The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Input has also come from the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association, Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland.
Guidance covers everything from scan appointments, early pregnancy to 12 weeks, those with newborn babies, the impact of Covid-19 on birth partners at birth and postnatal wards and for those whose partners are key workers.
Much of the information has also been produced in downloadable infographics to make it easily printable and shareable, with some used in NHS Hospitals and maternity units as part of information packs.
As Baby Lifeline is a charity financed by donations and proceeds from its maternity training services, the Covid-19 outbreak has seen it face increased financial pressure.
It needed sponsorship to cover the cost of producing the Covid-19 pregnancy guide, and the operation of a facility on the website whereby pregnant women can ask direct questions.
Hudgell Solicitors provided funding to help ensure the project could go ahead and Amanda Stevens, the firm’s Managing Director in London, said it has been something Hudgells has been proud to have helped become a reality.
At times like this it is really essential that people have access to clear and concise information from the leading health experts, and that is exactly what this service provides to expectant and new mothers,” she said.
Comment from Sara Ledger, Baby Lifeline
We are extremely proud of the work that we do alongside Baby Lifeline to keep raising the standards of maternity care across the UK, always with the patients at the heart of everything we do together in partnership.
Patient information and understanding is one of the most important aspects of healthcare. I am sure this information hub has, and will continue, to prove hugely beneficial to thousands of women and families across the UK throughout these very worrying times.
We really couldn’t have got this very important project off the ground without the financial support provided by Hudgells so we are very grateful to them for stepping up and ensuring we were able to make a positive difference.