Transforming Midwifery Care

Reviewing our midwife-led services

Over the last two years, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin CCGs have been carrying out a detailed review of midwife-led services across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

What midwifery care is currently provided?

Currently, women can access antenatal care (care during pregnancy) and postnatal care (following the birth of their baby) at the midwife-led units (MLUs) at the Princess Royal and Royal Shrewsbury hospitals, the rural MLUs in Bridgnorth, Ludlow and Oswestry and within clinics in local communities. However, the antenatal and postnatal care available locally to women varies depending on where you live.

Women can currently choose to give birth at home, in the Consultant-led Unit at the Princess Royal Hospital or at the MLU at the Princess Royal Hospital.

Temporary changes to MLU services

Please note that the rural MLUs are currently closed for births and postnatal stays until a decision is made on the long term future of midwifery care following the outcome of a public consultation.

As of Monday, 10 June, 2019, the MLU at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital will be temporarily closed for births and postnatal stays for up to six months while essential building works are carried out. Women who were booked in to give birth at the MLU are being offered a birth at the MLU or the Consultant-led unit at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford. Home births are not affected. All antenatal and postnatal appointments, including scans, will continue to be provided at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. You can find the latest information here

What has the review involved?

The review has looked at the way that midwifery care is currently delivered to women across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, whether it meets the needs of families and how we could make improvements in the future. As part of this review, we have engaged with hundreds of women and families, midwives and other healthcare professionals, listening to their views and experiences and finding out what’s important to them. The review also involved looking in detail at a broad range of local and national research, evidence and best practice in providing midwifery care.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part and shared their experiences.

Next steps

The review is now complete and we have looked in detail at all the feedback and evidence we have gathered. We have also commissioned a travel and transport analysis and carried out a detailed financial analysis of a range of options. We are now bringing all this information together in order to develop a proposed new model of midwifery care.

We will be asking for your views on this proposed new model as part of a public consultation which is expected to take place in autumn 2019. 

To find out more about local maternity services please visit www.sath.nhs.uk/wards-services/az-services/maternity