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Birth Environment Exercise

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Birth Environment Exercise

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  2. 2. Birth Environment<br />Strategies for change<br />
  3. 3. INSPIRATION<br />
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  6. 6. Lovely environments are nothing without staff and users engagement<br /><ul><li>Need visible and active leadership
  7. 7. Mangers need to lead by example
  8. 8. Ask your users what they want e.g. may not want cot in room due to superstition
  9. 9. Use women’s stories to build a powerful narrative to engage staff
  10. 10. Involve staff in the design of new rooms
  11. 11. Staff deserve environments that recognises and values them</li></li></ul><li>Lovely environments are nothing without staff and users engagement<br /><ul><li>Gather evidence about case for change to convince staff
  12. 12. Midwives and obstetricians need to be exposed to birth environments that promote normality
  13. 13. Need to build staff confidence about how to use new rooms and equipment (especially so they do not hurt themselves) – mandatory training
  14. 14. Provide low stools or mats on floors for midwives to use
  15. 15. Staff will become the agents of change</li></li></ul><li>Carpe Diem<br /><ul><li> Do not wait for your move to a new building to make changes
  16. 16. Start to engage staff in changes to practice now
  17. 17. Need to introduce changes well in advance – regular Skills and Drills, Learning Forums and Reflective Groups
  18. 18. Pro-actively manage these transitions for staff
  19. 19. Do not allow environment to be an excuse. There are always things you can do now
  20. 20. What can you take out of rooms to make space for positive changes?</li></li></ul><li>Funding<br /><ul><li>Need to invest in normality
  21. 21. Approach PCT or funders at the end of financial year to make case for change
  22. 22. Start with low-hanging fruits e.g. graphic wallpaper (cheap, easy to put up and not constrained by space)
  23. 23. Generate income from fundraising activity
  24. 24. Publicity will help drive demand</li></li></ul><li>High risk environments<br /><ul><li> What about the labour wards or ORs?
  25. 25. High risk areas are so clinical – why shouldn’t we try to improve these too?
  26. 26. Challenge these labels
  27. 27. It is all about a safe and comfortable atmosphere</li>