Pregnancy, Birth, and Postnatal Care
Over the past five years, we followed a strategy of undertaking, commissioning and encouraging research so we can better understand our families’ experiences with twins, triplets or more. Many of the problems they encounter can be found in our recent reports. This has enabled us to campaign to seek improvements in the care they receive.
During this time, we have seen the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence produce ground breaking clinical guidance on: multiple pregnancy; Intrauterine laser ablation of placental vessels for the treatment of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, and Neonatal quality standards. Furthermore, the NHS have produced a neonatal toolkit and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology have produced guidance on the treatment of monochorionic twin pregnancies. These should help to address many of the problems we identified.
Now clinicians and commissioners know what they are supposed to do to help families with twins, triplets or more. But we are still faced with the challenge of making sure it is implemented. We do this by monitoring what is happening on the ground each year with the largest survey of families of its kind and then using the results to press for improvements.
Over the coming year, we will be taking part in NICE’s production of multiple pregnancy quality standards. We have also produced our own commissioning guide for multiple birth families. Both of these should further help and encourage commissioners to ensure our families get the care they need.
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