Homerton Birth Debrief Services

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Women and their birth partners may need the opportunity to reflect and discuss their birth experience. Homerton we run a number of clinics which give the opportunity for this. A friend, partner or relative is able to attend as well. 

Referrals for all the clinics listed go via a single email address, to ensure the family are triaged to the right service. Please send the referral form to: huh-tr.birthreflectionclinic@nhs.net

See referral form for further information. Service information for women and families is also provided.

Women can request their notes via: huh-tr.healthcarerecords@nhs.net

Women wishing to make a complaint should contact PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service): huh-tr.pals.service@nhs.net


Eligibility criteria

Inclusions

  • Listening clinic Run by: Professional Midwifery Advocate

Who is it for? Women and families who want to reflect and debrief over their birth with hospital notes. It is not a complaints procedure.  The focus is Midwifery care but the clinic will see women who have had obstetric input. It offers the opportunity to answer questions, fill in the blank spaces and take feedback back into the service.

  • Birth Reflections Run by: Consultant Obstetrician

Who is it for? Women who have had complex care in the intrapartum or postnatal period who would benefit from discussion with a consultant obstetrician about the event.

  • Reframing Birth Clinic Run by: Specialist Midwife and Perinatal Mental Health Nurse

Who is it for? Women/partners who are traumatised by a previous birth to the level that their daily living or future birth choices are affected. The focus is on the woman/partner’s feelings about and experience of the events, rather than explaining or questioning the clinical care. Further referrals to Mental Health Services and signposting to other organisations is considered.

Exclusions

Note women would be considered unsuitable for referral if they:

  • Have complaints/concerns/ issues regarding her care or the attitude/behaviour of members of staff –refer to area matron immediately (or PALS if necessary)
  • Have specific questions/issues around her obstetric care or obstetric decisions – refer to obstetric consultant.
  • Have perinatal mental health symptoms (the Listening Clinic should not be the first referral pathway for women displaying these symptoms, they can however be seen once their mental health has been assessed, treated and stabilised) - refer to GP/ or perinatal mental health services as appropriate immediately/Talking Therapies, IAPT.
  • Are currently pregnant and planning birth outside of guidelines – refer to consultant midwife.

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs

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Referral methods: Email

Referrals for all the clinics listed go via a single email address, to ensure the family are triaged to the right service. Please send the referral form to: huh-tr.birthreflectionclinic@nhs.net

Self-referral

Women should speak to their GP, community midwife or health visitor to refer on their behalf or contact Homerton’s Maternity helpline on 020 8510 5955 (10am-6pm daily).


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