The funding will be used to provide more maternity safety equipment; including ultrasound machines and mother and baby monitoring equipment, to assist with detecting issues earlier.
This investment into maternity services has come as part of the Government’s campaign to halve the number of stillbirths, neonatal death and maternal deaths in the country by 2030.
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has welcomed the funding, saying that safety is a priority, as well as regular training.
RCM Director of Midwifery, Louise Silverton, said: “Safety should be everyone’s number one priority so this investment in additional equipment is welcome.
“Linked to this is the need for staff to attend appropriate and regular training. All steps must be taken to ensure staff can be released from their clinical commitments.”
Ministers will also work with midwives and other maternity health care professionals to ensure best practice is applied across the NHS.
Health Minister, Ben Gummer, added: “It is my ambition to ensure the NHS is one of the safest places in the world to have a baby.
“Our staff do an excellent job providing high quality care but it is vital that they have the right equipment to continue to do this, that’s why I am really pleased that so many trusts will benefit from this fund.”
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