Working to improve outcomes for teenage parents and their children by developing maternity services to meet their needs.
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What is the National Teenage Pregnancy Midwifery Network?
Founded by two teenage pregnancy specialist midwives in 2001, the network aims to improve maternity services for teenage parents and their children by
- collecting evidence on what works to improve outcomes
- enabling midwives (and others) to share good practice and innovative work ideas
- increasing support for midwives working specifically with young parents.
Who is the network for?
The network is for midwives who work with teenage parents or have an interest in teenage pregnancy, and for anyone else interested in the contribution maternity care can make to improving outcomes for teenage parents and their children. It has over 500 members. Joining the network is free.
What does the network do?
The network co-ordinator gathers evidence on effective practice on the maternity care of pregnant teenagers, and disseminates this evidence to network members, commissioners of maternity services and policy makers.
A termly email newsletter summarises policy initiatives, relevant publications and practice developments. To receive this newsletter send your details to email@example.com.
Regional networks co-ordinated by volunteers enable midwives to meet and share practice issues at a local level.
Publications for young parents
The young woman's guide to pregnancy (Tommy's - free)
This comprehensive 96 page guide from Tommy's, the baby charity, has been written and designed especially to appeal to young women with text, pictures and real life stories all featuring young pregnant women. Free copies are available from http://www.tommys.org/
My pregnancy my choice, You and your baby (CHANGE)
Young mum to be (Kids Premiership)
Your pelvic floor (leaflet designed by teenagers)
App for young mothers
Baby Buddy free phone app from Best Beginnings
Websites for young parents
www.bubbalicious.co.uk - 'The place for young parents'. Information, chatrooms for young parents, buddying scheme ('Big Sisters'.)
Prymface ('Promoting Respect for Young Mothers') - positive, supportive blog
www.beforeyoudecide.co.uk/ - breastfeeding videos for young mums
www.beastar.org.uk/ - breastfeeding website for young mums
www.tommysbabybe.org.uk - stop smoking website for pregnant teenagers
A short guide for professionals who work with pregnant teenagers but don't have specialist training in nutrition.Free copies are available from http://www.tommys.org/
Good enough to eat (Maternity Alliance/ Food Commission)
Eating well in pregnancy: A practical guide to support teenagers (First Steps Nutrition Trust)
A detailed and practical guide including affordable recipes.
Based on interviews with 46 pregnant teenagers, this report looks at what they are eating, as well as factors influencing dietary habits, such as financial hardship, and attitudes to improving their diet.
A short guide for professionals who work with pregnant teenagers, focusing on evidence and practical strategies. Free hard copies are available from http://www.tommys.org/.
Fatherhood Institute research briefing: Young Fathers
Preventing unplanned second pregnancies
Antentatal/postnatal sexual health care pathway (Nottingham)
Other resources developed by network members
Care pathway for teenagers (Nottingham)
Social History form (Liverpool)
Needs assessment form (Dudley)
Postnatal phone consultation (Liverpool)
Referral criteria to teenage pregnancy midwives (Nottingham)
Other publications for practitioners
Job descriptions for teenage pregnancy midwives
Anon area Strategic TP midwife job description
Brighton TP midwife job description
Buckinghamshire TP liaison midwife job description
Gloucestershire TP liaison midwife job description