Leading role for midwife

Dedicated: Tracey Cooper
Dedicated: Tracey Cooper
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A Lancashire midwife has been chosen to help set new national guidance for the care of pregnant women.

Tracey Cooper, consultant midwife at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust, has been selected by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellent (NICE), to help set new guidelines aimed at offering women more choice about where they want to give birth.

The Royal Preston Hospital nurse was chosen because of her many years experience. She has also developed midwifery-led birth centres at the Trust’s two hospitals in Preston and Chorley.

Recommendations highlighted in the new guidance include one-to-one care for all women during childbirth and ensuring that women giving birth have timely access to an obstetric unit if they need to be transferred to hospital for medical reasons.

The updated guidance also confirms that home birth is equally as safe as a midwife-led unit for low risk pregnant women who have already had at least one child previously.

Tracy said: “I am delighted to be involved in setting this new guidance along with NICE.”