Maternity and child birth

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Better Births in Devon aims to shape maternity services now and in the future

When your baby was preparing to arrive into the world, it’s likely you experienced more than four NHS services. Your midwife appointments, scans at hospital, antenatal clinics, GP appointments and then your final delivery are just a few examples.

Please take just five minutes and tell us about how this was for you and your family. The feedback you share will help us shape services now and in the future.

Find out more about our Better Births in Devon engagement, including how you can get involved Have your say by completing our short survey

About maternity services

NHS NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) commission maternity services for women and their families in Devon. 

These services include care from midwives and clinicians antenatally, through birth and to the postnatal period after you have had your baby. 

This care is commissioned across Devon in both Hospital and Community settings by skilled and trained professionals from:

The maternity units in the NHS NEW Devon CCG area are:
North Devon: Barnstaple Hospital (North Devon Healthcare Trust)

Maternity strategy for Devon and Cornwall 2014-2019

West Devon: Derriford Hospital (Plymouth Hospitals Trust) East Devon: Royal Devonshire & Exeter Hospitals

Commissioners from NHS NEW Devon CCG, South Devon & Torbay CCG and Kernow CCG have worked with families and clinicians to develop a commissioning strategy for the next five years.  

Maternity strategy Maternity strategy - appendix

The strategy clearly demonstrates the commitment the CCG makes to women and their families at this important time to ensure babies receive the best start in life.  We clearly recognise the importance this has not only at the time of birth, but for the rest of families’ lives.
Whatever you want to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby, you should find it here.

Sources of advice and support during and after pregnancy

NHS web based pregnancy and baby guide
Not sure what to do when your child is unwell? This mobile app gives up-to-date advice about common childhood ilnesses and how to treat them.
HANDi Paediatric App
To help us develop maternity services with those families using the service, the CCG is committed to ensuring that there is a Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC) in each locality of Devon.

Get involved in improving maternity services

Click here to find out more about the local Maternity Services Liaison Committees

More than 1 in 10 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby. If untreated, these perinatal mental illnesses can have a devastating impact on the women affected and their families. 

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s campaign – Everyone’s Business – calls for all women throughout the UK who experience perinatal mental health problems to receive the care they and their families need, wherever and whenever they need it. 

Maternal mental health is everyone's business

Click here to find out more about the Everyone's Business campaign

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