Maternal health refers to the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. Findings of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) on Maternal Health (2014-15) show a number of key challenges to improve outcomes for maternal and infant health in the borough:

  • A quarter of mothers book relatively late their first antenatal booking;
  • Percentage of mothers smoking in pregnancy and proportion of low birth weight babies has increased slightly if compared to London;
  • 13% of women attending their first antenatal booking have little or no understanding of the English language and nearly two thirds of women are subject to deprivation;
  • The birth rate for 15-17 year olds has increased;
  • Half of women having their babies at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust are overweight, obese or morbidly obese and 5% are diabetic;

Five key recommendations for commissioners were put forward including the integration with Best Start to provide seamless services for mothers with complex needs. For more information email Sarah.nicholls@croydon.gov.uk
(From Health and Well Being Board meeting, 9th December 2015)