Following a national review of maternity services in 2016 a report ‘Better Births’ was published which sets out plans to make care safer and give women greater control and more choice.
The report outlines plans to ensure:
• Personalised care and genuine choice
• Continuity of carer
• Safer care
• Better postnatal and perinatal mental health care
• Multi-professional working and working across boundaries
• A payment system that fairly and adequately compensates providers for delivering high quality care to all women
• Woman’s experience is put at the centre of care
Following the national review Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group will shortly be looking to find out what women and their partners think of the maternity services locally. More information with be available on this soon.
Maternity Services at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust (SaTH)
Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust deliver local maternity services that allow genuine choice, personalised care and ensure that the experience of care is of high quality.
The trust is committed to making sure that women and their families are involved in making choices about their journey throughout pregnancy, birth and parenthood, by giving good and timely information.
NHS Choices is a great source of information for the options available to you when it comes to choosing where you would like to give birth as well as a full list of maternity services available to you locally.
The Which? Birth Choice tool has been developed to help women and their partners make confident and informed decisions when planning where to give birth.
As per quality statement 1 of NICE QS105 on intrapartum care the Which? Birth Choice tool highlights the birth settings available. The tool encourages women to consider out-of-hospital setting where appropriate, in-line with the recommendation that for women planning to give birth at home or in a midwife-led unit there is a higher likelihood of a 'normal' (vaginal) birth with less intervention.
Expectant parents are intended users of the tool. Supported by the Royal College of Midwives we also promote the tool as a resource that midwives can use when talking to wormen about their options.