Local maternity system

Working together for Better Births

Better Births, the report of the National Maternity Review was published in February 2016 and set out a clear vision: for maternity services across England to become safer, more personalised, kinder, professional and more family friendly.

Part of this new approach is about every woman having access to information to enable greater choice and preference before, during and after childbirth. This includes detailed decisions about care; and where she, as the mother (and her baby) can access suppor with a clear emphasis on their individual needs and circumstances.

It also calls for all staff to be supported to deliver care which is women centred, working in high performing teams, in organisations which are well led and in cultures which promote innovation, continuous learning, and break down organisational and professional boundaries.

Locally, we're working with all our partners, service users and parents to improve maternity services for the women and babies of Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

In 2021, we started supporting the ICON programme across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, promoting safe care and handling of newborn babies - educating parents about babies crying - and normalising this so that babies are not shaken (which can cause seizures, blindness and disability).

Find out more about ICON in our region.