Women in England and Wales are having 1.9 children on average, fewer than their mothers who had 2.2 children.
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We are currently reviewing midwife-led unit (MLUs) services across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin and have recently started phase two of our engagement with local people.
In addition to the consultant led units at the Princess Royal Hospital, there are a range of community services available through midwife-led units.
Antenatal, Birth, and Postnatal care are provided in midwife-led units in Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford. The Trust also provides Antenatal, Postnatal and Home birth care in Market Drayton and Whitchurch.
The review is looking at how the midwife-led units meet the needs of local families and fulfil national guidelines.
This latest round of engagement is the first step in phase two of our review, looking at more detailed information and asking people for their feedback on the service.
Between 11 and 17 July we commissioned ELC Works, an independent organisation to hold community conversations and interviews with women and their families, who are using local midwife-led services, or have used them in the past 2.5 years; to better understand what is working well and what can be improved. Feedback is set to expand with more planned engagement work in the coming months.
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank all those who took part, as your feedback is very important to us.
Next stages of engagement:
There will also be an on-line survey will be launched in August and further information will be available on this webpage in the near future.
All of the information from the engagement and the survey, as well as the information gathered in Phase 1 of the review will help inform the next stage.
In September 2017 we will be holding a series of co-design workshops; bringing women, their families, professionals and others with an interest in these services, together to discuss what the future service model should look like. Further information about the workshops, locations and dates will be made available on the website in the near future.
To find out more about local maternity services see https://www.sath.nhs.uk/wards-services/az-services/maternity/
At the moment no decisions have been made and we have not started a formal consultation. We have commissioned an external company ELC Works to manage this engagement activity and provide independent analysis of local feedback.
We will be reviewing their report alongside our own data, feedback from Healthwatch and interest groups and the Hospital Trust’s own review, to develop a strategy for local midwife-led services.
For more information on how to get involved in this review, or to share your experiences of maternity services phone ELC Works on 07879 480005 or email Georgina@elcworks.co.uk