What does the Mandate mean for pregnant women?

We want to improve the standards of care and experience for women and families during pregnancy and in the early years for their children.

The NHS will:

  • offer women the greatest possible choice of providers
  • ensure every woman has a named midwife who will make sure she has personalised, one to one care throughout pregnancy, childbirth and during the postnatal period, including additional support for those who have a maternal health concern
  • reduce the incidence and impact of postnatal depression through earlier diagnosis, and better intervention and support.

In addition, women who use maternity services from October 2013 will be asked whether they would recommend those services, as part of the ‘friends and family test’.

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