What did we explore?
To inform its work, the Inquiry panel commissioned a discussion paper to examine what good-quality maternity care looks like and the implications for general practice. The role of GPs in maternity care – what does the future hold? assesses the current state of general practice involvement in maternity care, what GPs can do to stimulate and maintain care quality, and how care quality can be measured. The paper's authors are Alex Smith, former Health Policy Researcher, The King's Fund, and Judy Shakespeare, GP.
What have we learnt about maternity care?
Key issues raised for debate include:
- The implications for a woman's general health care, both physical and psychological, if GPs are not involved in maternity care.
- The role of general practice in meeting the stated preferences of pregnant women for continuity of care and post-natal support.
- The potential for GPs to provide co-ordination and advocacy for women who have complicated medical histories in addition to being pregnant.
What's your view?
During the inquiry, we asked for your opinions on this care dimension. You can read the comments submitted below. You can also read the response to this paper from the Royal College of Midwives