The key principles of the five year national maternity and neonatal strategy – Best Start – are set to be adopted by the board.
The health board will develop an implementation plan. The impact of the new plan on maternity care and associated outcomes will then be evaluated.
During the redesign and review period, work will be paused on the public consultations regarding birthing services at the Inverclyde Royal Hospital and Vale of Leven Hospital’s Community Maternity Units (CMU).
It was confirmed that the birthing services at both CMUs will remain during the redesign and review period.
One of the national report’s key recommendations is that boards, in conjunction with service users, undertake an assessment of the viability, and scope, of freestanding midwifery units against an agreed national framework. This is to ensure consistency with a view to balancing the access needs with the need to ensure resources are used to their maximum impact.
It also advocates that the importance of continuity of carer from a primary midwife. This would see midwives and obstetric teams being aligned with a caseload of women and be co-located for the provision of community and hospital based services.
Dr Margaret McGuire, nurse director, said: “This new national strategy report is a fundamentally different model of maternity care. The work will be developed in partnership with women and their children, staff and other key stakeholders nationally, regionally and locally.
“During this time, we’ll look at the whole maternity service in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and working with patients, design a service that meets their needs while still being safe and viable.
“We have decided to pause work on the consultations around the future of both birthing services at the existing CMUs. Once we have developed a new strategy only then will we be able to assess their viability against the new national strategy.”
An update will be delivered at a board meeting in autumn.