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Chair of the national maternity review announced

Baroness Julia Cumberlege is to lead a major review of maternity services, which is set to modernise care for women and babies across the country, NHS England announced.

The programme of work will assess current maternity care provision and consider how services should be developed to meet the changing needs of women and babies.

The review was promised in the NHS Five Year Forward View and its terms of reference were published just after the report into maternity care at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust was published earlier this month.

Baroness Cumberlege said: “NHS England recognises just how important the experience of childbirth is to women, their partners and the new born child. Though the majority find the care they receive to be good, this is a chance to raise standards of safety, to innovate and to explore how maternity services can best meet the needs of today.

“I see this review as an opportunity for parents to shape the services they want professionals to deliver. The team will travel widely in England to listen and to seek out and assess innovative models of care here and abroad.

“Shortly we will let you know how you can help. I will welcome the ideas of parents and professionals alike.”