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Introduction: 

In partnership with Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust and Health Launchpad at the Young Foundation, we have been working closely with health practitioners, local community organizations, pregnant women, mothers and many more to produce this unique resource with the aim of combating perinatal mortality.

Perinatal
Describes the period surrounding birth, and traditionally includes the time from fetal viability from about 24 weeks of pregnancy up to either 7 or 28 days of life.

Perinatal mortality
Fetal deaths after 24 completed weeks of gestation and death before 7 completed days.

BEN PCT has the second highest perinatal mortality rate in the country.  During our initial scoping exercise, we pinpointed some key issues from conversations with doctors, midwives, family support workers, pregnancy outreach workers, and mothers:

  • Problems around the degree to which families and patients connect  with services  - little understanding of the process/timescale, intimidated by hospitals and doctors, lack of awareness of how to expect to be treated
  • A failure to engage with services early enough
  • Understanding of the importance of a healthy lifestyle before/during pregnancy – food and diet, folic acid, exercise etc
  • Existing conditions e.g. diabetes
  • Major concerns around breastfeeding and a failure to persevere which has been influenced by misconceptions e.g. that it’s better to change to baby formula because baby will appear bigger/healthier
  • Cultural and wider perceptions of pregnancy
  • Mental health, including stress and depression
  • A lack of awareness of the availability of support and groups

In order to help tackle some of these issues, Maslaha has embarked on a unique series of films specifically aimed at pregnant Muslim women which will increase understanding and direct towards local available services. 

Some more statistics for BEN PCT:

  • Approximately 100,000 individuals in NHS BEN are living with a limiting long term condition (approximately 70% are of working age)
  • Second highest perinatal mortality rate in the country
  • Over 1 in 3 children in BEN live in poverty
  • Washwood Heath is ranked 10th across the UK for high child poverty levels
  • Men die an average 6 years earlier that the national rate
  • Cardio-Vascular Disease for men in BEN is the major driver for premature mortality
  • There is a greater than 6 year difference in average life expectancy in the six miles from Washwood Heath to Sutton town centre, one of the most significant divisions in the region
  • 2007 Index of Multiple Deprivation ranked this area as the most 14th deprived local authority in Britain
  • Half of the city’s ten priority wards fall within BEN
  • The rank of income scale places Birmingham as the most deprived in Britain in terms of income and employment. Worklessness in BEN is particularly concentrated in its most deprived wards: Kingstanding, Washwood Heath and Shard End

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Tips on how to look after yourself and your baby during pregnancy

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This work has been funded by Birmingham East and North PCT and Health Launchpad.

'Your Healthy Pregnancy' is a DVD resource with poster that brings together Islamic and medical advice to provide guidance on how to be healthy while you are pregnant and how to give your baby the strongest start in life. 

There is a lot of support available to help you through your pregnancy from experts such as your GP, your local midwife, family support workers and pregnancy outreach workers – most of which can be found through your local Children’s Centre.

Developed in partnership with Birmingham East and North PCT, this section of the website provides advice from experts and also from other mothers who have been through similar experiences. 

  • Learn what kinds of food are good for you while you are pregnant and the importance of seeing a doctor or midwife once you know you are pregnant
  • How breast-feeding can make your baby strong and help you lose weight
  • We also have a list of good centres in Birmingham that can help you once you've had your baby as well as tell you how to get vouchers which can provide you with free fruit and vegetables

You can also watch the films above in English, Punjabi and Pashto to hear more about the experiences of others.

If you would like a copy of the Your Healthy Pregnancy DVD and poster, which contains the advice and information above, please email: info@maslaha.org. It can be useful for GPs or medical practitioners, community organisations, or private individuals. 

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How to be healthy while you are pregnant and give your baby the strongest start in life

In partnership with Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust and Health Launchpad at the Young Foundation, we have been working closely with health practitioners, local community organizations, pregnant women, mothers and many more to produce this unique resource with the aim of combating perinatal mortality.

Perinatal
Describes the period surrounding birth, and traditionally includes the time from fetal viability from about 24 weeks of pregnancy up to either 7 or 28 days of life.

Perinatal mortality
Fetal deaths after 24 completed weeks of gestation and death before 7 completed days.

BEN PCT has the second highest perinatal mortality rate in the country.  During our initial scoping exercise, we pinpointed some key issues from conversations with doctors, midwives, family support workers, pregnancy outreach workers, and mothers:

  • Problems around the degree to which families and patients connect  with services  - little understanding of the process/timescale, intimidated by hospitals and doctors, lack of awareness of how to expect to be treated
  • A failure to engage with services early enough
  • Understanding of the importance of a healthy lifestyle before/during pregnancy – food and diet, folic acid, exercise etc
  • Existing conditions e.g. diabetes
  • Major concerns around breastfeeding and a failure to persevere which has been influenced by misconceptions e.g. that it’s better to change to baby formula because baby will appear bigger/healthier
  • Cultural and wider perceptions of pregnancy
  • Mental health, including stress and depression
  • A lack of awareness of the availability of support and groups

In order to help tackle some of these issues, Maslaha has embarked on a unique series of films specifically aimed at pregnant Muslim women which will increase understanding and direct towards local available services. 

Some more statistics for BEN PCT:

  • Approximately 100,000 individuals in NHS BEN are living with a limiting long term condition (approximately 70% are of working age)
  • Second highest perinatal mortality rate in the country
  • Over 1 in 3 children in BEN live in poverty
  • Washwood Heath is ranked 10th across the UK for high child poverty levels
  • Men die an average 6 years earlier that the national rate
  • Cardio-Vascular Disease for men in BEN is the major driver for premature mortality
  • There is a greater than 6 year difference in average life expectancy in the six miles from Washwood Heath to Sutton town centre, one of the most significant divisions in the region
  • 2007 Index of Multiple Deprivation ranked this area as the most 14th deprived local authority in Britain
  • Half of the city’s ten priority wards fall within BEN
  • The rank of income scale places Birmingham as the most deprived in Britain in terms of income and employment. Worklessness in BEN is particularly concentrated in its most deprived wards: Kingstanding, Washwood Heath and Shard End

Tips on how to look after yourself and your baby during pregnancy

This work has been funded by Birmingham East and North PCT and Health Launchpad.