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Evidence to support the Review

The Maternity and Neonatal Review recommendations have been grounded in a strong evidence base. This was recognised and agreed at an early stage in the process by the Review group. 

The Evidence and Data Sub Group was tasked with reviewing the evidence base relevant to models of maternity and neonatal care.  The work was conducted by researchers with extensive experience in systematic review and evidence synthesis, working closely with all the Sub Groups to ensure relevance and timeliness.

The Evidence and Data Sub Group produced a series of eight efficient evidence reviews, with the input from colleagues on the other three Sub Groups. Two of the reviews were prepared by the Maternity Models of Care Sub Group in collaboration with the Evidence and Data Sub Group.

A protocol for a systematic, efficient, and quality controlled review process was developed and agreed. 

On the completion of each review, a summary of the relevant evidence and key messages was developed and organised according to the categories of the framework for quality maternal and newborn care from the Lancet Series on Midwifery (Renfrew et al., 2014).  These efficient evidence reviews have sought the best available evidence and from this aimed to identify effective, equitable, sustainable and acceptable practices for the provision of maternal and neonatal care.

A full copy of each efficient evidence review is available here:

  1. Models of Care Definitions

  2. Maternity Critical Care

  3. Models of Care for Infants Requiring Neonatal Services and their Families

  4. Improving Inter-professional Working

  5. Improving Care, Services, and Outcomes for Women and Babies from Vulnerable Population Groups

  6. Organisation of Services for Childbearing Women across the Continuum plus Addendum

  7. Continuity Models of Care

  8. Place of Maternity Care, including Place of Birth

A summary of the conclusions of all the efficient evidence reviews are detailed in the Review report.