The Scottish Government Health Secretary, Shona Robison, has announced that a community hubs model of maternity services will be piloted in five health boards next year. The changes to maternity services were recommended in the ‘Best start review‘ of maternity and neonatal care in January 2017 and will mean that, in most circumstances, mothers would give birth in midwife-led units or at home with consultant-led hospital care where there are complications.
The Neonatal Maternity and Perinatal Audit have produced a report of NHS maternity and neonatal services delivered by the NHS in England, Scotland and Wales. The survey, which was completed by every NHS board or trust providing on-site birth care, covers staffing, services and facilities. The findings of the audit suggest that ‘typical maternity units do not appear to exist’.