South East London Perinatal Pelvic Health Service:
In April 2021 SE London became one of 14 pilots to develop perinatal pelvic health services across our three maternity providers. The aim of this service is to support every woman and birthing person receiving maternity care to be able to access a pelvic health service throughout their pregnancy, which includes providing exercises that can help to prevent problems from developing in the first place.
Specialist Pelvic Health Midwives and Physiotherapists have been employed as part of this pilot to support the existing workforce and embed pelvic health services across the three maternity providers. More than three hundred GPs, Health Visitors, Obstetricians and Midwives across Kings College Hospital, Guys and St Thomas Hospital and Lewisham and Greenwich have attended pelvic health awareness sessions.
Pelvic Health dedicated classes are now available for women who are at risk of pelvic floor dysfunction at Guys and St Thomas Hospital https://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk/our-services/maternity-care-during-pregnancy/antenatal-classes and Kings College Hospital https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/kings-college-hospital-maternity-28026537005.
The SE London Perinatal Pelvic Health Pilot was also presented at the International Continence Society held in Vienna in September 2022 https://www.ics.org/2022/session/7478.
Colourful Wallets for Black and Brown women
A collaboration between Kings College Hospital and Five X More has culminated in the design and production of a practical resource for women and birthing people in south east London. The wallets have been designed to keep maternity specific papers safe, but they also provide empowering and encouraging messages with a focus on support for Black and Brown pregnant people.
The wallets are now being offered across all of the maternity care providers in south east London.
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