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NHS Provides Personal Budgets for Pregnant Women in England

by Reshma Anand on February 23, 2016 at 3:20 PM
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NHS Provides Personal Budgets for Pregnant Women in England

Expectant mothers in England will be paid an amount of money to spend on mid wives, water births and alternative therapies.

NHS Personal Maternity Care Budget worth at least 3,000 will be offered to all pregnant women in the country. England has a high rate of stillbirths and many maternal facilities are considered to be unsafe for childbirth.

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A National Maternity Review highlighted issues on maternal services and the huge amount of money spent by the government on clinical negligence cases relating to maternity care.

Therefore, the government has now announced that the personalized budget can be utilized for NHS-accredited services like,
  • Private midwifery services during pregnancy and labor
  • Home birth
  • Water births
  • hypnotherapy
Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, said the new budgets system, which will first be piloted in four parts of the country, would ensure the "money follows the mum" and drives up quality.

Source: Medindia
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