Help Improve Care for Mothers with Eating Disorders

Help improve maternity care for women with eating disorders

Are you a midwife, health visitor or GP? Will you help improve maternity care for women who have eating disorders by sharing your experiences?

King’s Improvement Science fellow Abby Easter is leading a team that plans to create a five-minute training film about how best to care for women who have eating disorders during pregnancy and after birth. The film will be useful for any professional involved in maternity and postnatal care.

Abby and colleagues are searching for any maternity professional who is willing to help shape the film’s content by talking about their experience of supporting pregnant women and new mothers who have eating disorders at a short workshop in London, to be held during August or September.

If you are interested, please contact project coordinator Amanda Bye, If you know someone who might be interested, please pass on this information.

The researchers also want to consult with mothers of young children who previously had eating disorders: the team would like to hear from anyone who is willing to talk about their experience of care during and after pregnancy: if you know anyone who might like to get involved, please ask them to contact Amanda.

The film will be launched during UK Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2018 (Saturday 24 February to Friday 2 March).

It will be available online via websites of organisations and institutions that provide training for maternity professionals, and on a website specially created as part of this project and due to launch later in 2017. This website will also contain downloadable written information.

The creation of the film and website is funded by a Health Foundation Evidence into Practice grant and will be produced by animators Creative Connection. Abby Easter’s PhD focused on the impact of eating disorders during and post pregnancy. She says: ‘The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that women with eating disorders should be given additional support during pregnancy and during the postnatal period. However, we know that midwives and health visitors often feel that they lack knowledge and training about eating disorders.’

The project started in April 2017 and will run for 15 months until June 2018.