13 November 2012
The government has allocated £25 million to improve maternity wards in a bid to improve the support given to new mothers and their infants.
Health minister Dr Dan Pouter has announced that the £25 million will go into improving birthing environments, with maternity services able to apply for new funds.
They will be able to bid for ensuite facilities, rooms in which partners can stay overnight or other facilities such as birthing pools.
It is hoped that these improvements mean women will be able to give birth with more dignity and in more comfort.
Furthermore, new parents will have access to the NHS Information Service for Parents until their baby is six months old. By April 2013, it will be further expanded, covering their child until it is 18 months old.
Dr Poulter commented: “A new arrival in the family is a joyous time but can present challenges for mums and families, particularly new families. I want to help women and their partners as much as possible.”
Posted by Philip Briggs
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