Ireland’s first National Maternity Strategy, Creating A Better Future Together, 2016 – 2026 was launched by the Minister for Health on 27 January 2016. The Strategy maps out the future for maternity and neonatal care, to ensure that it will be safe, standardised, of high-quality and offer a better experience and more choice to women and their families. The model of care proposed in the Strategy is based on the principle that childbirth is a natural, physiological process. At the same time, it recognises that some women have higher care needs. Accordingly, one model of care is proposed with three care pathways; Supported Care, Assisted Care and Specialised Care. Across all pathways, care will be woman-centred and provided by a multidisciplinary team.
The Strategy was informed by a public consultation process and an international literature review. The Strategy, consultation report and literature review are available at the links below.