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Bevan Exemplar Cohort 8 Projects

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Support Parental Preparation via the Provision of Antenatal Education Sessions

Emma Adamson

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Research suggests that antenatal education provides a range of benefits for women, babies and the wider family, including to reduce maternal stress, improves self-efficacy, support informed decision making, improve obstetric outcomes, encourage positive behaviour modification and promote a positive transition to parenthood.

Locally in BCUHB, antenatal education, particularly during and following the covid-19 pandemic, has been sporadic in its dissemination and inconsistent in its content.

The Project:

To develop and deliver evidence-based model of antenatal education sessions to help improve parental preparedness for labour, birth and early parenthood and support population health priorities, led by a multidisciplinary team.

Project Delivery:

The project will comprise 4 stages

Stage 1 – Engagement/consultation with stakeholders

Liaise with:

  • Maternity Voices Partnership
  • Under-served population
  • Patient Experience midwife
  • Maternity service
  • Health visiting services
  • Mental health services
  • Pelvic health/women’s physio
  • Dietetics
  • Local Authority
  • Third sector

Stage 2 – Establishment of MDT working group

Following period of engagement and consultation, establish working group of relevant professionals/services to support development and delivery of evidence-based, holistic antenatal education which includes standardised content, which also allows for localised flexibility, based on need

Stage 3 – Implementation

Women and partners will be invited to participate at the appropriate point in their pregnancy, to sessions delivered in a staggered approach across East, Central and West areas of BCUHB

Stage 4 – Evaluation  

Evaluation will be both qualitative and quantitative; participant feedback will be sought following attendance at the sessions and a number of clinical outcomes will be also be measured.

Anticipated benefits:

There are a number of anticipated benefits including:

  • Improved provision of evidence-based information to support informed decision making
  • Improved awareness of approaches to maintain mental wellbeing
  • Improved clinical outcomes in immediate and longer term i.e. reduced intervention, increased breastfeeding rates, improved parent-infant attachment
  • Improved service user satisfaction with care