Maternity and child birth

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

Get involved and have your say

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.

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. 

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.

Sources of advice and support during and after pregnancy

Whatever you want to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby, you should find it here.
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

Get involved in improving maternity services

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

Better Births in Devon

Over the summer of 2018, the Local Maternity System in Devon - consisting of NHS and health care organisations -  undertook 8 weeks of intensive engagement to gather the thoughts, experiences, and views of parents and families about births in Devon. The engagement ran from 19 May – 14 July 2018.

2,267 people gave their feedback and this has already started to help shape the priorities for maternity services in Devon.

Better Births in Devon engagement report Better Births in Devon overall findings Better Births in Devon detailed findings

Maternal mental health is everyone's business

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. 

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

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