New maternity quality coordinator pleased role sits across two districts

29 May 2013

Recently-appointed maternity quality coordinator Angela Adam
Recently appointed Whanganui-based maternity quality coordinator Angela Adam is delighted the Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards (DHBs) chose to sit her role across both districts.
Originally advertised as two separate positions for Whanganui and MidCentral, it is now a single regional role which Mrs Adam says fits well with the Regional Women’s Health Service (RWHS).
“The Maternity Quality and Safety Programme runs parallel with the RWHS which is all about improving access to services for women across the Whanganui and MidCentral region,” Mrs Adam says.
 “It’s making sure women having babies can access safe care and ensuring we have enough lead maternity carers for the birthing population they serve.
“The RWHS’s commitment to look closely at the recruitment and retention of maternity staff will have a significant, and I believe, positive impact on what I do.
“While the Maternity Quality and Safety Programme and RWHS might have different approaches, our end goal is to reduce duplication and ensure we have the best outcomes for mothers and babies.”
Mrs Adam says her focus includes:
  • encouraging women to register with a lead maternity carer (LMC) by the time they are 10 weeks pregnant
  • making sure parents are educated about safe sleep practices for babies to help reduce SUDI (Sudden unexpected Death in Infancy)
  • improving communications between maternity providers and mothers
  • improving access to maternal mental health services, professional development and education for maternity staff
  • working with the Maori Cultural Advisory Group to improve cultural responsiveness
  • membership of a working group to enable electronic maternity notes to be used in the community and hospital.
At present Mrs Adam is trying to find people with strong community links who have used maternity services. She says they could be a mother, a grandmother or a support person who has been involved with a pregnancy or birth and who has strong links within the community.
Mrs Adam wants to establish a network of local people who have experience of the service to provide advice to help guide our decision-making. “Our services are their services and we need to know we’re getting it right,” she says.
“If what we do is not engaging the community, we need to do something about it. You don’t know, what you don’t know. You have to have people affected by your service feeding back to you what you’re getting right and where they believe improvements could be made.”
Anyone interested in providing a community voice for the Maternity Quality and Safety Programme is asked to call Mrs Adam on 06 348 3263 to request an Expression of interest form.