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Maternal Health

Why choose maternal health as a priority?

  • The Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Councils’ Local Development Plans will impact significantly on the UHB, adding significantly to a population with a birth rate already three times higher than the rest of Wales.
  • Developments in services for maternal health are also closely linked to the implementation of the work by the South Wales Collaborative to reconfigure consultant-led maternity services.
  • 33% of women in Wales smoke before or during pregnancy1.


Maternal Health Workshop - Clinical Lead: Dr Jenny Thomas

A workshop held on 14 January 2015 brought together people who use and provide services for people with long term conditions in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to share their views about the future. 

Through better engagement with our population, better use of technology, and new ways of working, everyone at the workshop was asked to describe “what a new maternal health service could look like in the future?”

Discussions during the workshop were captured in the form of visual minutes.

Maternal Health Visual Minutes

Download a report summarising the workshop

A New Model of Maternal Health Care

The first step in developing any new model of care is to describe a vision of what a future service should achieve. Working with Dr Jenny Thomas, our maternal health lead, we used the information from our workshop, together with published best practice from Wales, the UK and the wider world, to develop a Shaping Our Future Wellbeing shared vision of maternal health care in the future.  

A report describing how the Clinical Senate and a Service User/3rd Sector feedback event helped refine the shared visions of care is available here. 

With this vision in mind, we can now begin to explore the changes that will be needed to make the vision a reality, and so begin to describe in detail a new model of care for maternal health.


  1. Welsh Government Statistics 2012 [Accessed 13/04/15]
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