The vulnerable pregnant patient

There is a significant body of evidence that adverse maternal outcomes are linked to maternal vulnerability

The changing demands of the population have driven complexity and risk in maternity care.  Increasing social and ethnic diversity can sometimes lead to communication difficulties and other social and clinical challenges in maternity care.  Vulnerable patients also often present late to services with minimal antenatal care and fewer opportunities to promote a healthy pregnancy and outcome. 

This section contains resources highlighting the patient safety issues for vulnerable women and tools and recommendations to improve their safety in pregnancy and promote positive maternal outcomes.

All resources on the vulnerable pregnant patient