When I spoke in Basingstoke, at the SE Regional conference a little while ago, one of the highlights was this video, shown by one of the other speakers.
Concentrate hard and follow the instructions.
When we watched it there was a big cheer as everyone got the correct answer, and then a gasp!
I had a letter today, from CEMACH, with some of the comments made by the (mainly midwife) delegates at the South East Regional CEMACH conference in Basingstoke Jan 2009, in their evaluation forms. To underline the purpose of Jessica's Trust, the campaign and our petition, I thought I'd share a few:
- Jessica's story highlighted the need for MEOWS on the postnatal wards
- Jessica's story of tragedy shows the importance of how not to miss the bear moon-walking amidst the data.
- High quality communication, referral & follow ups is vital to good provision of care - information should be provided to all women in a way that they can understand it + make choices about their care. - I will always remember Jessica's story.
- Importance of observation! To re-emphasis use of MEOWS.
- Higher awareness in units regarding newly introduced MEOWS.
- Considering how to take forward Ben's message in practice.
- Copy of MEOWS chart of postnatal women's observations to community midwives.
- Jessica's story increasingly moving.
- The presentation from Ben was extremely poignant and completely sums up the purpose of CEMACH - Very powerful and real life experience should be portrayed to many more maternity staff - it keeps the reality in the midst of statistics and risk.
- There is a need for an early warning system to be implemented in trusts. We need to ensure that women are aware of risks & that there are guidelines for e.g. sepsis in pregnancy.
Thank you to CEMACH for inviting me to speak, and for permission to use these comments.
[It has to be said, it's more of a surprise if the video isn't titled before you watch it!]