Our Community Midwife Bag is shortlisted for the 2020 HSJ Patient Safety Awards!

Baby Lifeline is delighted to announce that the work we’ve done to date, focussing on the improvement of patient safety out of the hospital setting into the community maternity services, has been shortlisted for the HSJ Patient Safety Awards. The project shortlisted is the nationally recognised, expert-led Community Midwife Bag for home births.

We believe that every mum and baby deserve the safest birth experience possible, no matter where the place of birth. This means ensuring that all professionals, working in all environments, have the equipment and training they need to feel confident, competent, and valued.

Research carried out by Baby Lifeline found that 1 in 3 midwives reported issues with their home birth bags and the contents within them: reporting that the bag/container was not safe for use and did not feel that it contained everything they would need for a home birth (including dealing with an emergency).

In response, Baby Lifeline put together an expert working group consisting of midwives, obstetricians, paramedics, pharmacists, and neonatologists to decide an “essentials” list and conferred with community midwives to see what their ideal bag would look like. Since the launch, the bag has been adopted across the UK, with uptake increasing all the time.

About the bag:

  • Provides everything needed for births at home, including emergencies
  • Everything is easily and quickly accessible using colour-coding and rapid access pouches.
  • Designed for infection-control
  • In a backpack or on wheels to make it easier to transport to any out of hospital birth setting.

Judy Ledger, CEO & Founder of Baby Lifeline:

“We’re absolutely delighted to have the work we’ve done to support community midwives recognised by such a prestigious award. The category ‘Maternity and Midwifery Services Initiative of the Year’ is a category that is full of incredible work carried out nationally to improve maternity care, and we are so thrilled to be amongst such fantastic achievements.

The Community Midwife Bag project is inspired by the amazing community midwives we work with, and their requests for evidence-based standardisation – to help them to feel safe and prepared to best support mums and babies through birth. We are so grateful to our expert advisers for the time they gave to the success of this project – the feedback we have received to date has been exceptional. Over 23 NHS sites so far are in receipt of and using the Baby Lifeline bags.”

Read more about the Community Midwife Bag and its impact so far (you can also get in touch with us about it!).

The full list of nominees for the 2020 HSJ Patient Safety Awards can be found here.

Winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony, which will take place virtually as part of the Patient Safety Virtual Congress and Awards in November 2020.