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I have been reading some fascinating reports about Community Hubs in Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia. These are very much in line with what Julia Cumberlege advocates in ‘Better Births’, her recent report on the maternity services:

                “This report envisages more births taking place in the community…..Commissioners and providers should work towards bringing services together in community hubs.”

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Continuity of CARER


Talking to a group of women recently about their antenatal classes, one of them commented rather wistfully that while she had enjoyed the sessions and was very grateful that even women not expecting their first babies were invited to attend the five weeks’ course, she would have liked to have had the same facilitator throughout. She spoke about the inevitable overlap between sessions when a new facilitator came in and attempted to dovetail the topics she covered with those covered by previous facilitators. The woman also said that the time taken by the facilitator to get to know the parents by asking them for information that they had already shared, could have been better spent helping the parents get to know each other.

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