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Congratulations to our colleagues who work in Neonatal Intensive Care at Luton & Dunstable Hospital, who were last week awarded their BLISS Baby Charter, Gold Accreditation after many years of hard work.  Over this time the team have worked extensively to ensure there are both the space and resources to ensure parents feel both empowered and very much their babies’ primary care givers -things that are often challenging when your baby is very poorly.

Achieving BLISS accreditation demonstrates a family centred approach to Neonatal Care, ensuring that parents feel support and able to care for their baby.  The process has involved some 6 audits, a pre assessment and an assessment over a period of four years. Vaccination remains the best way to protect against the known risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy for both mother and baby, including admission to intensive care and premature birth.

According to the latest figures, the number of pregnant women being admitted to hospital with COVID-19 is increasing, and many who are requiring care are experiencing serious symptoms. Among pregnant women hospitalised with the virus, the vast majority were unvaccinated.

This is a stark reminder that vaccines save lives – and it’s why we’re urging pregnant women to take action to protect themselves and their babies.

Booking an appointment

If you are attending a Maternity clinic in Bedford, Luton or Milton Keynes, you can now book online to get your COVID-19 vaccination at the same time.

There will be experienced midwives on hand to discuss any queries you may have so that you can make an informed decision.

Fast Pass for Pregnant Women

To help make the process a little easier, when a pregnant woman arrives at a drop-in session at one of the large vaccination centres:

• Bedford Heights, Bedford
• Redgrave Centre, Luton
• Luton Wellbeing Hub (previously The Old Post Office), Luton
• Watling House, Dunstable
• Midsummer Place, Milton Keynes (from June 23, 2022)

they can make themselves known to a member of staff who will then fast-track them through so they don’t have to wait too long. This should be especially useful when centres are busy.

Please check on the BLMK vaccination centre drop-in page to see what times the sessions are running in your area.

Your questions answered

Pregnant women who have concerns or questions on the COVID-19 vaccination, can send their questions to [email protected] and they will be shared with our vaccination lead midwife to respond to.

Resources available to help you make your decision

Advice for women, partners and healthcare professionals from the Royal College of Midwives

A helpful decision aid leaflet is available to aid you with your decision from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Leaflets are available to download in many languages from the gov.uk website

Pregnancy and Vaccination online Q&A

Expectant mothers, their partners and people planning a pregnancy were invited to attend a free expert-led webinar hosted by Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group. Those attending heard from NHS specialists who answered questions and concerns about the different COVID-19 vaccines with regards to fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

The event, which was open to all residents in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have concerns about fertility, and their partners and gave those attending the opportunity to have their questions answered and hear directly from NHS midwives and maternity experts.

The full webinar was recorded and is available to watch:

Hear our local midwives answer some of the common questions about the COVID-19 vaccination

Sophie and Katrina tell us their thoughts. Hear about vaccinations directly from maternity staff.

Our staff tell us why they had the COVID-19 vaccine in French, Bemba, Bengali and Malayalam

Staff tell us why they are having the COVID-19 vaccine

Mums-to-be Urged To Get NHS Covid Jab

BLMK CCG is urging all expectant mums to get the Covid-19 vaccine.  The call comes as new data shows the overwhelming majority of pregnant women hospitalised with the virus have not had a jab.

The figures also reveal that no pregnant women with both doses of the vaccine had been admitted to hospital.  Since May, just three women had been admitted after having their first vaccine. In contrast, almost all (98%) pregnant women admitted to hospital with Covid-19 had not been jabbed.

Now midwives and GP practices across the country are stressing the need to encourage pregnant women to get the jab.  Vaccines save lives, and these figures are another stark reminder that the Covid-19 jab can keep you, your baby and your loved ones, safe and out of hospital.  Thanks to the planning, skill and dedication of hard-working staff the NHS Covid vaccination programme is the biggest in health service history and the most precise in Europe. But we need everyone to come forward and take up the evergreen offer of a jab which is why we are calling on pregnant women to take action to protect themselves and their babies.

Vaccination remains the best way to protect against the known risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy for both mother and baby, including admission to intensive care and premature birth.

If you haven’t already, book your jab today: www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119.  For details of local walk-in options visit: https://blmkhealthandcarepartnership.org/covid-19/vaccination-appointments-walk-in-sessions-and-information/

Since April, pregnant women have been offered the jab in line with their age cohort, and health leaders are calling on more younger adults to come forward and close the uptake gap.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives have both recommended vaccination as one of the best defences for pregnant women against severe Covid-19 infection, while the independent JCVI confirms the jab has been shown to be effective and safe for women carrying a baby.

Pregnant women who have concerns or questions on the COVID-19 vaccination, can send their questions to [email protected] and they will be shared with our vaccination lead midwife to respond to.