House of Lords written question – answered on 7th February 2000.

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Photo of Baroness Cumberlege Baroness Cumberlege Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What they are doing to implement the principles of midwifery-led care as detailed in the report of the expert group Changing Childbirth.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The Government are fully committed to the principles of high quality woman centred maternity care enshrined in the Changing Childbirth report--now largely embedded in mainstream practice.

A report highlighting the achievements and lessons learned from the Changing Childbirth initiative was published in August 1998 and widely promulgated to the National Health Service. Copies have been placed in the Library.

The Government have a wide-ranging programme of action in hand to secure further improvements in maternity services through their wider initiatives to modernise the National Health Service, improve public health and strengthen family life.

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