Suffolk & North East Essex Shadow Integrated Care System

Better support for new mums - thanks to national maternity initiative

July 2019

A dedicated midwifery team will be supporting mums and their birthing partners during antenatal and postnatal care – following the launch of a national maternity programme in Suffolk and north east Essex.


Six new ‘continuity of care’ teams are now established across Ipswich, West Suffolk, and Colchester hospitals.


These new changes mean that each family will build a relationship with the same team throughout their pregnancy journey, meaning that they will feel further reassured knowing the midwife present at the birth.


The introduction of the Better Births programme forms part of the National Maternity Review that aims to deliver maternity outcomes across the country.


National evidence shows that women who receive continuity of care through their pregnancy are:


·       16% less likely to suffer pregnancy loss and 19% less likely to lose their baby before 24 weeks;

·       24% less likely to experience pre-term birth;

·       15% less likely to require regional analgesia;

·       16% less likely to have an episiotomy.