2.1 Staff & equipment
The appropriate members of staff are present.
The ward office is conducive to holding sessions by being quiet and ensuring confidentiality by closing the doors.
There is access to the White board and the correct information is visible on the board, including patient’s name, gestation, parity, diagnosis and consultant obstetrician.
2.3 Potential complications / Risk Management
The midwife who is caring for the patient must be able to identify deviations from the normal and refer appropriately to the medical team.
When there is a sudden change in the condition of a patient emergency medical assistance must be summoned immediately.
Clear documentation of all care given and plans of care to be clearly and legibly recorded in the maternity records.
All midwives have direct access to a consultant at all times and any midwife is able to bypass the senior midwife and doctor if they are not in agreement or have concerns regarding the management of the care provided to a woman.
2.4 After care
Midwives coming on duty on the labour ward report to the senior midwife co-ordinating the shift and will be allocated to care for a woman/women.
Handover will take place within the labour ward with the senior midwife giving a brief overview of all cases. The midwife taking over the care of a woman will have a personal handover from the previous midwife in the room.