Future of maternity unit is secure

PUBLISHED: 09:26 04 March 2010 | UPDATED: 01:00 16 June 2010

I am writing about your front page article regarding future maternity provision at Honiton hospital. Most new mothers having a normal birth in Devon already return home later the same day, under the care of a midwife.

I am writing about your front page article regarding future maternity provision at Honiton hospital.

Most new mothers having a normal birth in Devon already return home later the same day, under the care of a midwife.

NHS Devon has asked the RD&E to ensure that community midwifery services in community hospitals at least match those on offer at its own birth centre, where all mums having a normal birth return home the same day.

The proposals will mean: the longer term future of Honiton maternity unit - and others in Devon - are secured.

Mums in Honiton and the rest of Devon will have a greater choice over where they would like to give birth.

Mums will have a seamless service throughout their pregnancy, birth and postnatal periods

Women and babies will be provided with high quality individually planned postnatal care in their own homes.

More babies born in Honiton hospital or in the family home.

A number of engagement events are being planned so that people find out more and contribute to the plan.

If you would like to attend one of these events please contact d-pc.strategicreview@nhs.net or telephone (01392) 267 865 to register your interest.

Thank you for allowing me to make this clear.

Andrea Toman

NHS Devon's lead midwife, responsible for Tiverton, Honiton and Okehampton services.


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