Burnley’s first ‘digital’ babies arrived safe and sound at Lancashire Women and Newborn Center

The babies arrived safe and sound at the Burnley center on Tuesday this week, and their parents will be the first to use a new system for maternity services accessible through a smartphone app or desktop computer.

The system replaces the need for traditional written notes.

Caroline Cowman, Deputy Director of Midwives, said: “These new arrivals are our first ‘digital’ babies and we are absolutely delighted to welcome them.

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Baby Phoebe Hope Bennet, one of Burnley’s first “digital” babies with midwife Laura Archer.

“We put families at the heart of their maternity care and continually improve our services to benefit the families we care for and the staff who care for them. This new system, and portal, is a fantastic example.

“The app is easy to use and we’re sure it will quickly become a useful part of our new parents’ postnatal journey. “

Sophie Hartley from Higham, who is the mother of Phoebe Hope Bennet, one of the first ‘digital’ babies born in East Lancashire, said: “It will be much easier to access my notes online – when I want and where I want.

“It will also be good if you don’t have to carry paper notes everywhere and worry about them getting lost or damaged.

“My white paper is hanging by a thread, literally! So I look forward to the recordings being transferred to the new digital system.

The system is called BadgerNet and is provided by a company called Clevermed. It has an online portal and an app called Badger Notes.

BadgerNet replaces paper records and gives parents immediate access to their maternity care records. It also allows them to add their own information such as birth plans. The introduction is designed to empower families by giving them direct and easy access to their grades.

Information can be shared with new parents directly from the maternity system and records can be easily updated on each maternity visit.

Prospective parents can self-refer directly on the BadgerNet system since November and there have already been over 500 referrals. Women access and book the maternity service via an online reservation form, where they enter their contact details. They are then assigned to a midwife and an appointment is generated.

The online system eliminates the need for women to have an appointment with their GP before being referred to the service and ensures that they can be seen by a midwife as soon as possible.

Women who do not have digital access will be able to call the service to refer themselves to their pregnancy care.

The BadgerNet system is used by maternity staff to record notes after appointments and consultations. By June 2022, all expectant parents are expected to use the Badger Note app and portal.

Information is available on the Trust’s website – www.elht.nhs.uk/badgernet

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