The senior sister in charge and the senior obstetrician on the delivery suite should work together as a team to co-ordinate clinical activity. The skills required to coordinate workload and staffing are multiple and often acquired over years; but if you recognize calm and control in those you work with, take a moment or two to try to define what they are doing differently and try to emulate these features:
• Keep your mind open to all the activity going on.
• Try to coordinate activity so that things happen in sequence and not all at the same time.
• Listen to your midwives' and doctors' concerns and address them;
• Prioritize according to risk (triage - see below).
• Get simple things done quickly, as once resolved they relieve staff.
• Do not defer decisions unnecessarily (work just builds up).
• Give each woman a carer with the appropriate skills to match the complexity of the clinical problem.
• Recognize if a doctor or midwife is out of their depth support them and encourage them to call for help.
• Regularly revisit women with risk factors to check the situation is not deteriorating (do not assume you will be called).
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