Transforming Midwifery Care

Reviewing our midwifery care

Over the last two years we have carried out a review of our local midwifery care. This has involved listening to the views and experiences of hundreds of women and their families to understand how they want to be cared for and supported before, during and after having a baby.

To read more about our engagement please visit our key documents on the Transforming Midwifery Care pages at https://stwstp.org.uk.

The review has also involved gathering the views of professionals working in and with maternity services and looking at the latest research, evidence and best practice across the country. 

The review highlighted that the current model of midwifery care can be improved. The evidence and the feedback told us that it does not always meet the needs and wishes of most women living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin today. 

We have looked in detail at all the feedback and evidence. Bringing all this information together, we have developed a proposal for how we can transform the way midwifery care is delivered.

By making these changes, more women across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin would get high quality midwifery care closer to home improving outcomes for them and their babies. It would also help create a great service for staff to work in where they will be able to work more flexibly to provide midwifery care where it is needed.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part and shared their experiences.

We will be taking our proposal to public consultation after it has been through a robust assurance process.

For more information and to follow the progress of the consultation please visit the Transforming Midwifery Care pages on the Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Partnership website https://stwstp.org.uk

What midwifery care is currently provided?

Currently, women can access antenatal care (care during pregnancy) and postnatal care (following the birth of their baby) at the midwife-led units (MLUs) at the Princess Royal and Royal Shrewsbury hospitals, the rural MLUs in Bridgnorth, Ludlow and Oswestry, within clinics in local communities and at home.

However, the antenatal and postnatal care available locally varies depending on where women live.

Women can currently choose to give birth at home, in the Consultant-led Unit at the Princess Royal Hospital or at the MLU at the Princess Royal Hospital.

Temporary changes to MLU Services

The rural MLUs are currently closed for births and postnatal stays until a decision is made on the long term future of midwifery care following the outcome of the public consultation.

As of Monday, 10 June, 2019, the MLU at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital was temporarily closed for births and postnatal stays while essential building works are carried out.

Women who were booked in to give birth at the MLU are being offered a birth at the MLU or the Consultant-led unit at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

Home births are not affected. All antenatal and postnatal appointments, including scans, will continue to be provided at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Next steps

The review is now complete and we have looked in detail at all the feedback and evidence we have gathered. We have also commissioned a travel and transport analysis and carried out a detailed financial analysis of a range of options. We have brought all this information together in order to develop a proposed new model of midwifery care.

We will be taking our proposal to public consultation after it has been through a robust assurance process.

To find out more about local maternity services please visit www.sath.nhs.uk/wards-services/az-services/maternity or to find out more about the consultation please visit the Transforming Midwifery Care pages on the Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Partnership website https://stwstp.org.uk