Rainbow Clinic is a specialist antenatal service for women and their families who have experienced the death of a baby in a previous pregnancy.
What does Rainbow Clinic do?
Rainbow Clinic provides additional scans to ensure that the placenta (afterbirth) is working normal and that the baby is growing normally. These additional scans commence from 17 or 23 weeks of pregnancy depending on individual circumstances.
The clinic sees approximately 200 families per year.
Why does Rainbow Clinic exist?
Mothers who have had a stillbirth (death of a baby before birth) or neonatal death (death shortly after birth) in a previous pregnancy have an increased risk of medical complications in a subsequent pregnancy.
Mothers and their families may also need additional psychological and practical support in subsequent pregnancies. Rainbow Clinic combines additional tests and continuity of care through a small team of doctors and midwives.
Data suggests that this approach improves outcomes for mothers, their families and their babies.
Where is Rainbow Clinic based?
Rainbow Clinic is held at two MAHSC partner sites:
- St Mary’s Hospital all day on a Thursday
(Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
- Wythenshawe Hospital on a Friday afternoon
(University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust)
Who runs Rainbow Clinic?
Rainbow Clinic is run by a team of obstetricians (doctors) and specialist midwives.
Rainbow Clinic is supported jointly by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre and Tommy’s, the baby charity.
Find out how the Rainbow Clinic helped Kate here and read the blog of Rainbow Clinic midwife, Louise Stephens, here
This video, produced by Rainbow’s medical team, explains the clinic’s services.