Thinking Differently Together - First 1,000 Days Of Life

Our independent chair Rachel Heathcock thanked all our speakers and reflected that we heard some important and powerful stories today. It is essential to listen and engage with all service users and ensure we adapt our engagement tools to ensure we hear and understand the needs of all pregnant people to help them have the healthiest and safest pregnancy and childbirth journeys. We also need to recognise the importance of identifying professional fatigue, and make sure effective support networks are in place for all. The benefits we want for families in pregnancy and childbirth during the first 1000 days of life Trust Partnership: Build effective relationships between the health services and families, and with the partner organisations who also support families with the wider factors that impact on their health and wellbeing. Curiosity: Ask about families’ circumstances challenges, care choices and culture, and incorporate these factors into care planning and delivery. Understanding: Help people to understand what health and care services can do, and what high quality care looks like. Allyship: Monitor health inequalities and help to remove barriers for those who have additional difficulties in accessing care. Inclusivity: Use inclusive language, using pronouns and terminology that reflect people’s diverse choices, language and cultural needs. Sensitivity: Develop confident staff who can ask sensitive questions and have difficult conversations, demonstrate empathy and secure the right support for families. Care and support Information: Upskill staff in maternity, health prevention and long-term conditions to provide accessible advice, information and signposting about healthy living and good physical and mental health when planning pregnancy, during pregnancy, and after childbirth. Quality: Provide safe, high quality, individualised care to support families to make informed choices, respecting privacy and dignity, understanding and responding to the barriers many people face. Consistency: Enable parents and families to have consistent, joined-up support from their maternity and neonatal teams. Compassion: Develop compassionate staff who are well supported through manageable caseloads, supervision and support, to deliver high quality care and to support families who experience illness or loss. Equity: Identify and provide additional, targeted support and signposting to those at higher risk in maternity due to factors such as ethnicity, deprivation, age, health conditions and disability, living with domestic abuse, or smoking. A whole family approach Involvement: Value the contribution of parents, partners and wider family to a healthy pregnancy, childbirth and early childhood, and involve them as equal partners in all aspects of care and treatment. Meeting needs: Recognise partner and wider family members’ own health and wellbeing needs, and ensure access to appropriate and culturally competent support. Trauma and loss: Provide access to high quality support through trauma and loss. 5. Moving forward 23 | Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System