Louise Perkins, Consultant midwife trainee explains the complexity around identifying fear of birth and relates the importance of the consultant midwife in supporting women. She presents details from an audit of referrals to the consultant midwife, which identified this was commonly at a late gestation. As a result of the audit, she describes the introduction of a screening tool early in pregnancy and the project development. Louise discusses how the tool enabled correct identification and referral of those women with severe needs as well as increasing support for all pregnant women, enabling them to voice their concerns more easily.
Louise Perkins, Consultant midwife trainee