Using geographical data for planning maternity care in the UK? Have a look at the online map for more information on the units and relevant indicators.
Using information from existing sources of information and compiling a dataset of maternity units in the UK, the RCM Better Births Initiative has published an online mapping tool. The geographical map layers information on population density including women of childbearing age (between the ages of 15 and 49 years) and live birth as well as a visual representation of social deprivation from least to most deprived for each of the four countries.
The maternity units for the UK are mapped by the type of unit including GP units (for Scotland), freestanding midwife-led units, obstetric and co-located midwife-led units, and obstetric units. An overview for the country can be seen with units as ‘maternity sites (clustered) at national and regional level with total numbers. At a local level, each unit is identified by colour codes and further information is viewed by clicking on the unit.
If you are interested in using this data or map as part of your work or to inform planning in your area, please contact us at betterbirths.rcm.org.uk