Our vision for maternity and newborn care stated:
A woman will be able to contact a midwife as soon as she knows she is pregnant. The same midwife will support her throughout her pregnancy.
Women will already know from their education the importance of a healthy diet, exercising, not misusing drugs and alcohol and not smoking during pregnancy.
When the time is right for the expectant mother, the midwife will discuss with her the choices of where she can have her baby. All women will be offered a choice and all maternity facilities will promote a philosophy of normality, natural labour and childbirth.
The safety of mother and child will be paramount so that all care will be provided within a network supported by strong neonatal services. If the baby requires special or intensive care, this will be provided within a clinical network as near to the mother’s home as possible.
Women will be encouraged to breastfeed their baby with support from trained practitioners.