|The Current model of community maternity care in Northern Ireland (NI) largely operates within a traditional model of care. That is, there is a tendency to rely on women to present themselves to their General Practitioner as the first point of contact. Some changes to the traditional model have taken place here, however this mainly depends on where women live.|
DHSSPS (2012): A Strategy for Maternity Care in Northern Ireland (2012-2018) endorses the key messages from Midwifery 20:20 and plans to shape and refine current service delivery. In addition other important strategic drivers such as Quality 2020 (2010) and Fit and Well- Changing Lives (2012) a Public Health Strategy will affect future services.
Public Health Agency (PHA) has approached the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC) to work in partnership with Health and Social Care colleagues to describe current provision and proposes new models of community maternity care in preparation of the implementation of the Maternity Care Strategy.
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