MAMA Academy are a charity who's mission is to reduce the number of stillborn babies in the UK. They work alongside The Royal College of Midwives with the hope of being 'the UK's leading charity to provide information to expectant mothers and their health professionals, to promote positive pregnancies resulting in safe delivery of healthy babies.' With a person centered approach, they provide information that mums can relate to and fully understand which enables them to make informed decisions and judgements about their pregnancy. The hope to reduce the number of stillborn babies by raising awareness of baby loss, supporting health care professionals by keeping them up to date with the latest practices/guidelines which allows them to provide consistent maternity care, and empowering parents with vital knowledge/education on health in pregnancy and when to call their maternity team for advice.
One of the ways they provide information to parents is with the MAMA Wellbeing Wallet*. The wallet is a plastic zip lock pouch for you to store your antenatal notes and any other baby related items you want to keep protected. The wallets are printed with important advice regarding the health of mother and baby. There is a lot of advice printed but they key message is in regards to monitoring your baby's movements. From around 24 weeks, your baby will develop a pattern with it's movements so if at any point you think your baby's movements have stopped, changed or slowed down then it's incredibly important to call your maternity unit.
Personally, I feel the wallet is something every expectant mother should have; it's provided me with a lot of information and I now feel confident in when I should call my midwife or maternity unit and how to ensure I'm healthy for my baby. The wallet itself is very sturdy and manages to keep my notes, hospital letters and scan pictures, well protected. In addition to the wallet, the website has an incredible amount of information and advice that I've found very useful.
I know I'd of found this extremely beneficial had I been given this at my first antenatal appointment, I had so many questions and worries about what I needed to do, what could do wrong etc, and as I've mentioned before Googling isn't always the best thing to do. Unfortunately, the wallets aren't funded across the whole of the UK yet, so you can purchase one here for £2, or you can choose the option to donate money to their wallet fund, this allows them to give to more maternity units for free.
I think this is an amazing charity and I wish them all the success.