Improving postnatal care
The CLAHRC research team will be exploring the experiences of postnatal care for women with hypertensive disorders in pregnancy or after giving birth and the clinicians who are involved in delivering postnatal care in hospital and in community settings. The researchers will talk to women, midwives, hospital doctors and GPs to find out how they think postnatal support can be improved.
The study aims to offer a better universal postnatal service by making sure NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidance(4)is implemented for all women across south London. 'We also want to ensure that women who have had birth complications, or other health problems before or during pregnancy – like pre-eclampsia – get the continued support they need from their GP when the involvement of maternity services ends,' says Professor Bick.