Antenatal support for people with learning disabilities

HARRISON, Ruth and WILLIS, Susan (2015). Antenatal support for people with learning disabilities. British Journal of Midwifery, 23 (5), 344-348.

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Following the introduction of learning disability nurses in acute and primary care in 2009, several health areas were taken into consideration as a priority for change. Maternity services were considered in order to bring this area into line with the other parts of the UK. This article will examine the provision of services for people with learning disabilities, and identify areas for improvement including educational needs for midwives. Outcomes of an audit and evaluations of local services against national policy and provision will be highlighted, barriers faced by both prospective parents with a learning disability and by professionals will be discussed and recommendations for future practice will be presented. Misleading diagnosis, discrepancies in numbers and training developments will also be addressed. Despite Government policy identifying that ‘reasonable adjustment’ must be made when supporting parents with a learning disability, 23 midwives, team managers and health care assistants in midwifery services in Nottinghamshire have highlighted that there is little awareness in the field locally.

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Page Range: 344-348
Depositing User: Carmel House
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2016 15:31
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 16:45

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