The Midwifery Unit Project, led by the University of Nottingham, has examined the availability and usage of midwifery units and is also investigating why some services have opened and then closed midwifery units over the past 10 years. This repeats the Birthplace Mapping exercise undertaken in 2010. Only 11% of women in England have their baby in a Midwifery Unit (MU). This is despite very good evidence that having a baby in a MU results in better outcomes than having a baby on a traditional labour ward.
This recording is an opportunity to hear about the findings from stage one of the research project and the current perspectives from the team. The presentation is given by Dr Denis Walsh, Associate Professor in Midwifery at the University of Nottingham and Leanne Stamp covering the service user perspective as part of the research team.