‘Relationships: the pathway to safe, high-quality maternity care’ is a comprehensive review of current evidence of the benefits to women, families and the NHS, of continuity of care.
The report highlights that 24% of women are less likely to experience preterm birth and 19% are less likely to suffer a miscarriage before 24 weeks gestation if they receive continuity of care from the same midwife or a small team of midwives.
Contents of the review were released at a symposium at Green Templeton College in 2015, which was held in honour of the life of Sheila Kitzinger.
The report also claims that while introducing a new model of care there would be start-up costs, the results could see shorter hospital stays for women, fewer tests and interventions.
An author of the report, Professor of Social Science and Women’s Health at King’s College London and lead for the maternity theme at NIHR CLAHRC South London Jane Sandall, said: “The most important thing for continuity models to be a success is to control the caseload of midwives and to give them the autonomy to manage their working hours. The findings of this report are informing our current research in South London testing a new model of care for women at risk of preterm birth.”
The full report ‘Relationships: the pathway to safe high-quality maternity care’ can be found in .pdf format here:
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