Midwifery 2020 has set out to develop an informed vision of the contribution midwives will make to achieving quality, cost-effective maternity services for women, babies and families across the United Kingdom.
This paper outlines the challenges of workforce planning in maternity services, particularly in intrapartum care, where demand is highly variable. It discusses some of the key features particular to maternity workforce planning such as the gold standard of providing 1:1 midwifery care, the transfer of care from one community area to a different secondary care area and the “hidden” workload undertaken in intrapartum care units managing patients who are not in labour.
Understanding the patient safety issues for some vulnerable groups of women known to be at higher risk of maternal death or morbidity
This literature scoping review was commissioned by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) as part of a project to determine any specific patient safety issues for vulnerable women known to be at higher risk of maternal death or morbidity.
This proposal paper examines the limitations of existing track and trigger systems for deteriorating maternity patients and sets out guidance for creating a system wide obstetric early warning system.