During the unprecedented situation created by Covid-19, NHS services have had to adapt, altering service provision and introducing measures to reduce spread of the virus to service users and staff. From the outset of the pandemic maternity and neonatal care have been recognised as an essential acute and community services with no anticipated reduction in need. Midwives and the wider maternity workforce are required to continue to care for pregnant women, babies and families and therefore Boards were advised that they should not be redeployed outwith this setting.
The Royal College for Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have produced UK wide guidance to support organisations, staff and women throughout the pandemic. This guidance underpinned that issued by The Scottish Government, including: Maternity Covid-19 Planned Care/Service Standards; Guidance for Workforce Planning for Midwifery during COVID-19 (which included a calculator to support local workforce planning and outlined service provision in line with midwifery workforce considerations); and the Maternity Critical Care Guidance.
As an essential service, Neonatal Care continued with modifications described within guidance issued by the Perinatal Network on 20 March, and as set out in Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), RCOG and the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) Guidance.