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Maternity Professionals

Please see links below for professional information and pathways. 


Smoking in pregnancy review

The smoking in pregnancy review was commissioned by the Local Maternity System Board in order to gain a better understanding of the women who smoke during pregnancy and the factors that influence whether they quit smoking or not.

Important context informing the need for the review includes the following factors:

  • The known detrimental impacts of smoking on maternal and fetal health and the potentially avoidable costs associated with these poorer outcomes
  • Apparent geographical differences in smoking in pregnancy rates across Coventry and Warwickshire
  • The national 6% Smoking at Time of Delivery (SATOD) target that currently looks unachievable across the LMS footprint
  • The need to know whether there is compliance with important NICE and Saving Babies Lives guidance aimed at reducing smoking in pregnancy
  • Anticipated future NHS investment in hospital smoking services, including maternity services.

The review has included contributions from a wide range of services and individuals including maternity services, specialist stop smoking services, Health Visitor and Family Nurse Partnership services, Primary Care and Children’s Centres/Family Hubs, as well as commissioners and members of the LMS Board.

Key components of the review include:

  • Analysis of maternity and smoking services data
  • Case note reviews
  • Staff surveys and discussion groups
  • Assessments of compliance with NICE and other relevant guidance  

The review benefited from excellent collaboration between all services and agencies and from the close direction provided through the Smoking in Pregnancy Task and Finish Group.

Interested parties are encouraged to look at the review findings provided in the executive summary, the main report and the separate concise evidence review.


A series of webinars about parent-infant mental health in the first 1001 days

We want to strengthen mental health and wellbeing support for parents and infants in the first 1001 critical days (from conception to 2 years of age). To do this, we need a network of well-informed multi-agency professionals, peer supporters and volunteers.

The below webinars took place to build curiosity, knowledge, and confidence of those at the frontline to promote and support the mental wellbeing of families in the 1001 critical days.     

Join our professional parent-infant mental health network on Facebook by clicking here.


Self-Care: Helping families develop coping strategies to improve their wellbeing in pregnancy and new parenthood
 Link to recording - Presentation Slides - Crib Sheet for Signposting to Organisations & Coping Strategies


To mark Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week:
Maternal Mental Health - Every Mum Counts: How to support the mums in your care!
Presentation Slides 


To mark Infant Mental Health Week:

Little ones: Supporting parents to nurture foetal and infant relationships
Link to recording - Presentation by Stacey Latchford - Presentation by Natasha Grant - Presentation by James Norris - Presentation by Kristy Coen-Smart & Kelly Palmer


Being Dad: The importance of helping dads and partners achieve good mental wellbeing in the first 1001 days
Link to recording - Mark Williams – Fathers Reaching Out


To mark Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week:
Perinatal Mental Health Pathways: Signposting parents and professionals to appropriate services - from services for all, to intensive crisis support
Link to recording


To mark Black History Month:
Falling through the net: Providing inclusive mental health care in the 1001 Days
Link to recording