Ireland’s first National Maternity Strategy, ‘Creating A Better Future Together, 2016 – 2026’, was published in January 2016. The Strategy aims to ensure that appropriate care pathways - Supported, Assisted and Specialised - are in place in order that mothers, babies and families get the right care, at the right time, by the right team and in the right place. It recognises that, while all pregnant women need a certain level of support, some will require more specialised care. Accordingly, it proposes an integrated model that delivers care at the lowest level of complexity and encompasses all the necessary safety nets in line with patient safety principles.
The National Women & Infants Health Programme has been established in the HSE to lead the management, organisation and delivery of maternity, gynaecology and neonatal services across primary, community and acute care. As the phased implementation of the Strategy is being led by the Programme, I have asked the HSE to reply to your query directly.