But Not Maternity/National Maternity Voices Webinar 22nd March 2021

AIMS and our partners in the But Not Maternity Alliance and National Maternity Voices organised a webinar for MVP/MSLC representatives. The purpose was to raise awareness of the national picture on maternity service restrictions, share best practice at local level and identify what needs to happen at the national level to enable the lifting of restrictions. You can read the report of the meeting here.

Although there have been significant improvements in the number of Trusts and Boards enabling partners to attend 12 and 20 week scans there is still work to do in ensuring that partners can attend all scans. In addition there is still huge variation in visiting on antenatal and postnatal wards.

The But Not Maternity Alliance has written a letter to NHS England to share the key messages:

  • The need for a unified policy across England
  • The need for more clarity around the 2m social distancing requirement being an aspiration but not a necessity
  • Home testing of partners must be supported
  • The need to publish evidence about the risk to staff and other service users of bringing back partners/visitors into different areas of maternity services, and how much testing and vaccination reduces these risks

AIMS supports all maternity service users to navigate the system as it exists, and campaigns for a system which truly meets the needs of all.

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