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Insights from users and providers of maternity services in rural England: summary report

The Commission for Rural Communities project on major life events aims to collect and provide evidence from rural people about the challenges of using and delivering specific services in rural areas. This summary report focuses on insights from users and providers of maternity services in rural England.

The report says, “Ensuring both choice and continuity of care is particularly difficult for local commissioners in rural areas. Providing women with a choice about where to have their baby means they can pick from facilities across a wide area. This places a strain on resources as midwives who are based in one locality must deliver services over a larger, more dispersed catchment area.”

“Service planners, Heads of Midwifery and Commissioning staff must ensure they are delivering services appropriate for 100% of their area, not a lesser percentage.”