What about maternity services?
Pregnant women will get a more personalised service and more choice. There will be more home births and midwife-led care for those women who want this – and women who need or prefer to give birth in a consultant-led maternity unit will continue to have that choice. Care before and after birth will be more personalised, with women seeing the same midwife throughout their pregnancy and after giving birth. Mental health support will be on hand for women who have mental health problems during pregnancy and/or suffer post-natal depression. Should we reduce the number of hospitals providing acute services, it is possible that a small number of women who need consultant-led care will have to travel further to have their baby.