About maternity care

Why is there a need for improvement in maternity care?

Families, babies, children and young people have been at the heart of improvement for Scottish Government over the past few years. The maternity programme activities take cognisance of existing national policies and approaches, including the Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland (2010), Neonatal Care in Scotland: A Quality Framework (2013) and Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC). In 2017, the Scottish Government launched The Best Start: A five-year forward plan for maternity and neonatal care in Scotland. Key recommendations from this are central to the maternity care programme.

Other national initiatives are in progress to improve outcomes for women, babies and children. We work closely with the Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC) and leads of other national programmes such as Mothers and babies: reducing risk through confidential enquiries in the UK (MBRRACE-UK) 

Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) Maternity Care is currently focusing on reducing stillbirth, neonatal mortality and severe postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) as well as implementation of a national maternity early warning chart. 

National records for Scotland (NRS) Link to stillbirth and neonatal mortality data for Scotland. Published on a quarterly basis.

The Best Start: A Five-Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland: A five-year forward plan for the improvement of maternity and neonatal services in Scotland. Published January 2017.

National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) The NMPA is a large scale audit across England, Scotland  and Wales. The suite of measures reported relates to core measures of SPSP Maternity and Neonates.


Lynne’s story

A mum’s personal story that demonstrates how MCQIC is improving outcomes for mothers and babies.