Intelligent guardianship: taking the drama out of obstetric theatre. GRIP

The Full report is available to download here

The In-GOT project was designed to promote mother / partner and infant contact during their encounters with obstetric theatre. It was informed by an increasing understanding that separation can lead to emotional and physiological compromise in both the mother and her new infant. 

An experienced senior midwife was appointed to the role of project lead and supported by consultant midwives and a multi-professional team / steering group. The project employed key concepts of implementation theory fostering engagement collaboration, and mutual goal sharing. Forum theatre was used as means of supporting these values, bringing staff together from a range of disciplines and experience to identify what and how changes could be made. 

A series of outcomes, indicators and measures were identified and agreed over a series of steering group meetings. A range of tools were used to evaluate practice change; and there were several outputs from the project, including: 

  • Information for partners about what to expect during theatre experience 
  • DVD -tour of theatre environment 
  • DVD -theatre scenario depicting the various roles of staff in theatre 
  • Film clip –Adele Stanley: Partner left holding the baby 
   you can watch the video by clicking here

  • Scenario based mandatory training depicts keeping families together 
  • Feedback pad for staff to share successes 

Conference presentations: 

  • Baston H and Brodrick A (2016) Intelligent Guardianship: taking the drama out of obstetric theatre. Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives, Dalarna, Sweden, 24th August 
  • Brodrick A and Baston H (2016) No drama in our theatre: Using drama to improve collaborative working. RCM Annual Conference, Harrogate International Centre,19th October 

a PDF of the presentation is available here

  • Lee V, Baston, H, Brodrick A (2016) Sharing Good Practice Festival, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT, Sheffield. 29th June 
Project Leads: 
  • Helen Baston. Consultant Midwife, Public Health / Supervisor of Midwives. Room 47, Labour Ward, Jessop Wing, Tree Root Walk, Sheffield, S10 2SF. Email: helen.baston@sth.nhs.uk, 0114 226 8160. 
  • Alison Brodrick. Consultant Midwife, Normality / Supervisor of Midwives. Room 47, Labour Ward, Jessop Wing, Tree Root Walk, Sheffield, S10 2SF. Email: Alison.brodrick@sth.nhs.uk, 0114 226 1003