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Adults :: Maternity and pregnancy :: Summary

The health of a pregnant woman directly affects the health of her unborn child. What happens in the early years of life, starting in the womb, has lifelong effects on many aspects of health and well-being — from obesity, heart disease and mental health, to educational achievement and economic status. Giving every child the best start in life is crucial to reducing health inequalities across the life course.[1]

In 2008 a maternity needs assessment was undertaken in Medway.[2] This provided a detailed snapshot of the needs and services within Medway and compliance with standards within the Department of Health 2007 publication Maternity Matters[3] using data mainly up to 2007.

The Medway Annual Public Health Report 2009/10[4] also contained 2 chapters relating to maternity and the outcome of pregnancy. This chapter of the JSNA updates relevant information.


[1]   Marmot M. Fair Society, Healthy lives 2010; Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post-2010. .
[2]   Bird A. Maternity Matters Needs Assessment 2009; NHS Medway. .
[3]   Department of Health. Maternity Matters: Choice, access and continuity of care in a safe service 2007; Department of Health. .
[4]   NHS Medway. Investing for Health - the Annual Report of the Director of Public Health 200910; NHS Medway. .