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Nurse leader: Ensuring better births for women in England

Implementing recommendations from the National Maternity Review report will improve outcomes and reduce inequalities, says England's chief nursing officer Jane Cummings. 
Jane Cummings

Implementing recommendations from the National Maternity Review report will improve outcomes and reduce inequalities, says England's chief nursing officer Jane Cummings

In July, I was delighted to take part in an event highlighting the exciting developments in maternity care following the publication of the report of the National Maternity Review: Better Births .

The event was a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the significant contribution midwives make to the quality and safety of maternal and child health.

Implementing the recommendations of the report will improve care provided by midwives and make contributions to reducing perinatal mortality, not to mention reducing inequality of outcomes from maternity services and improving pregnancy and childbirth experiences for women and their families.

Key themes in Better Births, including the importance of continuity of

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Implementing recommendations from the National Maternity Review report will improve outcomes and reduce inequalities, says England's chief nursing officer Jane Cummings 

In July, I was delighted to take part in an event highlighting the exciting developments in maternity care following the publication of the report of the National Maternity Review: Better Births.

The event was a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the significant contribution midwives make to the quality and safety of maternal and child health.

Implementing the recommendations of the report will improve care provided by midwives and make contributions to reducing perinatal mortality, not to mention reducing inequality of outcomes from maternity services and improving pregnancy and childbirth experiences for women and their families. 

Key themes in Better Births, including the importance of ‘continuity of care’ – ensuring safe care based on a relationship of mutual trust and respect – align with those in the new framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff in England: Leading Change, Adding Value

At the event, I called on local areas to express interest in becoming 'early adopters' and road test these new ways of thinking.

The experiences of early adopters will pave the way for the national roll-out of initiatives that deliver safer, more personalised care for all women and babies, improving outcomes and reducing inequalities.

There is a remarkable opportunity ahead of us to work together, drawing on the wealth of knowledge and experience midwives have to make the change, envisaged in Better Births, a reality.

For more information on the Maternity Transformation Programme click here

 

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Jane Cummings

Jane Cummings is the chief nursing officer for England

 

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