Covid-19 resources

Last updated 30/04/2020

Use the menu bar at the top of the page (a red dot on a mobile device) to find out more about our group and how we work with the maternity and neonatal services to improve care.

Scroll down for a list of resources that you may find useful during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Please email Vicky at secretary@readingmaternityvoices.org.uk with comments and additions, or if you would like to volunteer with us.

As always, please let us have your feedback on the maternity care that you received whilst pregnant and giving birth by completing our survey or by emailing our chair Emma at chair@readingmaternityvoices.org.uk.

NHS resources

If you need to see a GP about symptoms of coronavirus – two primary care hubs have been set up in Berkshire in Broad Street Mall Reading and Newbury Race Course

Latest Covid-19 Maternity Department FAQs, created with input from our MVP Chair and also available via the link below

The Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust Maternity Department webpage

The RBH Midwives are holding regular ‘Ask the midwife’ sessions on their Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account to view their page. Simply click on this link: RBFT Maternity Department Facebook page

Me and my baby RBH Maternity Department e-book about caring for your newborn

Start4Life advice for pregnancy, updated to include covid-19

The RBH Maternity Team has created some fantastic videos that have been uploaded to its YouTube channel (some are specific to the Coronavirus outbreak)

Pregnancy feeding workshop (Coronavirus)

Pre operative information for planned caesarean birth (Coronavirus)

Responding to your baby’s needs

Skin to skin

Introduction to breastfeeding

Syringe/ finger feeding your baby

Help during pregnancy from outside the NHS:

Unicef Supporting babies, mothers and families during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak

www.healthwatchreading.co.uk
Health and Social Care watchdog – ensuring services meet the needs of their users

Coronavirus and Pregnancy from The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Occupational Health advice for employers and pregnant women during the Covid-19 outbreak from The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Government Information giving guidance for shielding and protecting people, including women who are pregnant with significant heart disease

Coronavirus Q&A for pregnant women and their families from The Royal College of Midwives

Your legal rights during birth www.birthrights.org.uk

If you suspect your baby has tongue tie:

https://sarahoakleylactation.co.uk/my-baby-has-a-suspected-tongue-tie-and-i-am-struggling-to-access-division-due-to-the-covid-19-restrictions-what-can-i-do/

Premature and special care babies:

If your baby is born premature or sick www.bliss.org.uk

Support for parents of babies staying on Buscot Ward, RBH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit www.bibs.org.uk. BIBS’ parent supporter is working via videoconferencing. Please refer to the posters on the ward or ask a member of staff

British Association of Perinatal Medicine – Family Integrated Care during Covid 19

Family Integrated Care during Covid-19 from Bliss

Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative statement on infant feeding on neonatal units during the Covid-19 outbreak

UKAMB (UK Association of Milk Banks) have a number of articles and updates relating to Covid-19

Here are some of the RBH midwives with and without their masks. Their eyes are still smiling 🙂