Tuesday 23 February 2016
Here at Neighbourhood Midwives we are very excited to share the press release about the publication of the Maternity Review – we hope that it heralds the changes which we have been campaigning for and are ready and keen to be part of:
Maternity services in England must become safer, more personalised, kinder, professional and more family-friendly.
That’s the vision of the National Maternity Review, which today (Tuesday) publishes its recommendations for how services should change over the next five years.
The NHS England commissioned review – led by independent experts and chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege – sets out wide-ranging proposals designed to make care safer and give women greater control and more choices.
The report finds that despite the increases in the number of births and the increasing complexity of cases, the quality and outcomes of maternity services have improved significantly over the last decade. The stillbirth and neonatal mortality rate in England fell by over 20% in the ten years from 2003 to 2013. Maternal mortality in the UK has reduced from 14 deaths per 100,000 maternities in 2003/05 to 9 deaths per 100,000 maternities in 2011/13. The conception rate for women aged under 18 in England, a key indicator of the life chances of our future generations, reduced by almost half, between 1998 and 2013.
However, the review also found meaningful differences across the country, and further opportunities to improve the safety of care and reduce still births.
Prevention and public health have an important role to play, as smoking is still the single biggest identifiable risk factor for poor birth outcomes. Obesity among women of reproductive age is increasingly linked to risk of complications during pregnancy and health problems of the child.