Pioneering midwifery service Neighbourhood Midwives to close

The pioneering midwifery service commissioned to increase choice and continuity of care in Waltham Forest is closing on 31 January 2019.

Neighbourhood Midwives is no longer able to accept new women into the borough’s pilot maternity care programme.

Women and families currently supported by the service are being contacted by the midwives providing their care to work with them to enable a smooth transfer of care to another provider within the local NHS maternity system.

NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group and local maternity care providers are working together with Neighbourhood Midwives to ensure that the women and their families affected continue to receive personal and safe maternity care in the local area.

Inquiries relating to the closure and maternity care in Waltham Forest should be directed to wfccg.communications@nhs.net in the first instance.

Launched in November 2016 as a two-year continuity-of-care pilot in Waltham Forest, Neighbourhood Midwives has received higher than average satisfaction levels from the women it cared for.

Details of the feedback received can be read in Neighbourhood Midwives – A report on a survey of the experiences of the first 100 women to use the service.

The pilot was extended for another a year but significant challenges around coordinating business planning and the commissioning timetable have necessitated the service’s closure.