Continuity of carer
1Studies have shown that women seeing the same few midwives for most of their care results in positive health outcomes. These include increased access to additional health and social care services, reduced likelihood of preterm births and miscarriages, reduced intervention rates for labour and birth, and fewer antenatal and postnatal acute admissions.
2Birthplace research shows that healthy women with planned births in midwife-led units and at home were more likely to have a normal birth as compared with obstetric units. Active labour and birth, delayed cord clamping and skin-to-skin immediately after birth are other ways of achieving normality and these are known to impact on positive health outcomes for women and babies.
3Inequalities impact on deaths and ill-heath with studies showing that teenage pregnancies (15-17 year olds) are more likely to occur in deprived areas; estimated risk of severe mental illness/ill-health is greater in non-white women; and 3/4s of maternal deaths had medical or mental health problems before they become pregnant.