19 January 2018
Innovative new jacket helps parents bond with their baby
An innovative new jacket is helping families bond with their
babies in Nottingham's maternity theatres.
The jacket is an alternative to traditional theatre scrubs that
parents have to wear if their baby is born via caesarean.
It means that parents of new-borns can have skin to skin contact
with their baby - an important part of the bonding process -
without having to take their top off entirely.
The use of the jacket has now earned the Trust's maternity
theatres team a shortlisting in the Patient Experience Network
National Award (PENNA).
Kim Hope, from Maternity Operating Theatres at City Hospital
said: "Feedback from new parents really drove this initiative.
Before we introduced the new soft jacket birthing partners and new
parents would struggle to comfortably have skin to skin contact
with their new-born babies in theatre due to the restrictiveness of
the green theatre scrub tops.
"One partner feedback said he would have liked to have
experienced skin to skin contact with his new baby and did take his
top off but mentioned feeling vulnerable and exposed. A female
partner to a woman wanted to experience skin to skin with their
new-born but again didn't feel comfortable sitting in the theatres
in her bra."
She added: "I am proud of the team for introducing this and it's
a privilege to be involved in something that make such a difference
to our patient and partners experience in Maternity Theatres and if
the patient is happy, we are happy."
Rebecca Wine, a Theatre Support Worker and Patient and Public
Involvement (PPI) champion for the team set about sourcing a
different style of theatre scrub top that would be easily
accessible for baby and partner bonding and which would allow the
midwife to see how the baby is getting on.
Rebecca said: "I found a suitable jacket and presented it
to the City and QMC midwives for their opinions, it was well
received here so we then trialled the new jackets on a couple of
patients whose positive feedback suggested it really was a great
She added: "The birth of a child is probably one of the
most emotional and joyous times for a couple, and we feel honoured
to be able to be part of this experience and hopefully by listening
to and reacting on patient feedback make the occasion even
Nottingham's hospitals are home to four obstetric
theatres. 25 theatre staff care for birth mothers and their
partners in all aspects of elective and emergency obstetric
surgery. The new soft jacket is now offered to the birthing
partners and parents attending theatres.
The team are shortlisted for the 'NHS Funded project' award by
PENNA and have been asked to share a presentation on their project
at the award ceremony at Birmingham Repertory. The winners will be
announced on March 1 2018.