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All pregnant women in Wirral have a named Community Midwife to provide individualised professional and supportive antenatal and postnatal care, regardless of the intended place of birth. Seeing the same midwife regularly, as planned, provides continuity of care and the formation of trust between mother and midwife.
Community Midwives are rotationally on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year for women giving birth at home.
Community Midwives liaise and work closely with the hospital-based midwives and obstetricians, local GPs, health visitors, social workers, physiotherapists and other allied professionals to try to ensure needs are met and families are fully supported.
Each locality has a specialist Neonatal Midwife whose role is to examine and assess any babies born at home or who are taken home from hospital within the first 24 hours after birth.
Community Midwifery care in Wirral is divided into three localities: