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The Citywide 1:1 midwifery team offer personalised support and care to a diverse range of women before, during and after birth. This includes women with learning disabilities, severe mental health problems or those who choose to give birth outside of recommended guidelines. They also provide bespoke care to women opting for normal breech birth.

The service’s community midwives provide care 24 hours a day. In addition, all women using the service have the support of the head of midwifery, community matron, two consultant obstetricians, a consultant midwife and a supervisor of midwives.

Paula Schofield, Head of Midwifery for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“The 1:1 team provides bespoke, non-judgmental support and care to a diverse range of women, who often have highly complex needs due to learning disabilities, mental health problems or previous trauma.” 

All women using the service meet all three midwives during their pregnancy. This enables them to have continuity of care when they go into labour. The service has won a number of national awards for the innovative service.

Mum of three, Katy Cavell, gave birth to baby boy Alex. Katy, a Medical Dispenser from Southey, said: “My care was brilliant. My baby was breech so I had a team of very experienced midwives on stand by and the care I received was fantastic. The midwives catered for everything, they were really attentive to all my needs and were so friendly.”


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