What have maternity networks ever done for us?


  • Simon Jenkinson FRCOG

    1. Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist; and Lead Clinician, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Black Country Maternity Network, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, New Cross Hospital, Wednesfield Road, Wolverhampton WV10 0QP, UK
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  • Please cite this paper as: Jenkinson S. What have maternity networks ever done for us?The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2012;14:50–53.

Simon Jenkinson. Email: simon.jenkinson@nhs.net


Key content

  • • Maternity networks are the key to the future of successful maternity services.
  • • Funding issues are putting their future at risk.

Learning objectives

  • • To be aware of the range of maternity networks that exist/have existed.
  • • To be aware of the outputs of maternity networks.
  • • To recognise the potential of maternity networks and their importance to the future of maternity services.

Ethical issues

  • • How can we ensure that maternity services meet the demands of women and families?