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Lancashire and South Cumbria Better Births

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

For families expecting babies soon, it has never been more important than it is right now to understand:

  • Prolonged skin to skin contact, no matter how baby is born or fed, helps baby's heart rate, temperature and breathing, gives better immunity and calms mum and baby.
  • Every baby could benefit from their mother's first milk, known as colostrum. This can be expressed and stored near the end of your pregnancy and given to baby.
  • Babies who are breastfed have more protection from infection. All breastmilk is valuable, every drop counts.

For more information, ask your midwife, health visitor or breastfeeding support.

Your birth, your choice

The National Maternity Review Better Births Report sets out a five-year view for maternity services across England. Better Births outlines a vision for safe and efficient models of maternity care – reflecting women’s choices and offering continuity of care.

NHS, local councils and partner organisations are working together across Lancashire and South Cumbria to make sure all women, their babies and their families experience safe, kind, compassionate and personalised care, and to make sure they can access support that is centred on their needs and circumstances.

The partners involved with Better Births Lancashire and South Cumbria want to develop innovative new services to make sure you are well supported and informed at every stage of your pregnancy, enabling you to make decisions about your care which are best suited to you and your family.

Our vision is of a maternity and newborn service where women and their family experience safe, kind, compassionate and personalised care, with choices including home-birth, home-from-home birth centre settings and delivery suites across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Every woman will have access to information about the whole maternity system in order to enable her to make informed choices about her care. She, her family and baby will be able to access support that is centred on their personalised needs and circumstances.

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