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Rainbow clinic: specialist antenatal service

Becoming pregnant again after a stillbirth is an incredibly daunting prospect for women and families, often characterised by the fear of repeating the experience. Women who have had a stillbirth are at increased risk of complications in subsequent pregnancies, including stillbirth, pre-eclampsia, placental abruption and low birthweight. It is also associated with increased psychological, emotional and social challenges.

The Rainbow Clinic, at Saint Mary’s Hospital, is a specialist service for women and their families during a subsequent pregnancy following a stillbirth or perinatal death. It cares for families from the time of the postnatal appointment onwards and into a subsequent pregnancy. It engages with women early, ensuring they are on the right treatment, making any necessary referrals and providing more detailed ultrasound scanning.

The additional tests and continuity of care, provided by a small team of specialist doctors and midwives, result in improved outcomes for the baby as well as improved psychological wellbeing for parent and better use of NHS resources. So far the Rainbow Clinic has cared for approximately 550 families.

Health Innovation Manchester will support the scale-up across GM maternity units, aiming to reduce the rates of maternal deaths, stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries that occur during or soon after birth by 20% by 2020 and by 50% by 2030. The charity Tommy’s is also giving additional financial support as validation of the clinical progress to ensure scale and spread of the project.

To find out more about the project contact Project Manager Krishna Agravat Krishna.agravat@healthinnovationmanchester.com