About SPSP Maternity Care

SPSP Maternity Care aims to improve outcomes and reduce inequalities in outcomes by providing a safe, high quality care experience for all women, babies and families across maternity care settings in Scotland.

SPSP Maternity Care is currently focusing on:

  • reducing stillbirth rates
  • reducing postpartum haemorrhage rates
  • understanding variation in the caesarean section rates in Scotland
  • reducing neonatal mortality, and 
  • highlighting the importance of the Essentials of Safe Care (EoSC) in maternity care.


Examples of SPSP Maternity Care quality improvement (QI) interventions

There are numerous examples of maternity care settings in Scotland that have used data to improve quality of care in maternity services. They include:


  • NHS Ayrshire & Arran – 49% reduction since October 2015

Postpartum haemorrhages

  • NHS Ayrshire & Arran – 42% reduction since March 2018
  • NHS Grampian, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital – 55% reduction since May 2015


Resources to implement SPSP Maternity Care QI interventions

Key resources that can help maternity care services use QI to improve quality of care.


Postpartum haemorrhage 

Perinatal optimisation


Get in touch 

Engagement and close working within our perinatal communities are essential for MCQIC to drive successful QI across maternity and neonates. Email us at his.mcqic@nhs.scot if you have a question about the SPSP Maternity Care or would like to speak to a team member about how we support the use of QI interventions to improve outcomes for women, babies, children, and families in Scotland.