Child Death Review Process

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 26th February 2019.

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Photo of Jeane Freeman Jeane Freeman Scottish National Party

Much of the work in the best start programme, which I know Mr Briggs will be familiar with, as well as an innovative and improved approach to maternity care and the work that has been undertaken by Mr FitzPatrick on the healthy weight and diet programme, looking at preparation for pregnancy, all feeds into working with mums and those who are about to be mums on what they need to do to be as healthy as they can be so that their child can be as healthy as it can be when it is born.

That work is also picked up by our community-based midwives and our increased number of health visitors. It all comes together to begin to tackle issues such as smoking in pregnancy. We know that women want to address those issues, but sometimes they can feel that it is all too much and they are not quite sure where to start.

Using those healthcare supports through the midwife and the health visitor, who can develop important relationships with pregnant women and new mothers, is important in helping people—in a non-judgmental way—to make some of the changes that are critical for the healthiest possible birth of their new babies.