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

The focus of this implementation project is to enhance women’s experience of obstetric theatre. Currently women experience obstetric theatre in four main ways:

·       Elective caesarean section

·       Emergency caesarean section

·       Complicated Instrumental births

·       Postnatally, following vaginal birth, for repair of perineal trauma / manual removal of placenta

The aim of this project is to apply the research evidence to create the optimum emotional and physiological conditions for promoting secure maternal and infant attachment, the development of close and loving relationships and parental psychological safety, in this unique theatre setting. Co-production and behavioural change theory will be employed to facilitate a sustained  multi-disciplinary vision. 


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The GRIP project has been well received locally and has been successful in changing practices and enabling staff to realise a new way of working/seeing. As anticipated this type of cultural change requires a longer term view and the project team are continuing to embed change through their substantive posts

 The project and its concept has also been well received at two conferences, a PDF of the presentation is available here

 25th August 2016-Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy & Childhood, Sweden 

 19th October 2016-Royal College of Midwives annual conference, Harrogate 

 A publication in a peer review journal will follow in the New year


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